About the Program
The program addresses the complexities of our food system and the future of the food movement by exploring the intersections between food and culture, science, agriculture, health, and economics. It explores the overview of our world’s food system and its many impacts from the individual to the global scale.
You will gain further appreciation of the complex implications of choices that are made along the food supply chain. You will be challenged to think critically about how the global food system may need to change to adapt to future economic and environmental conditions.
The Institute will assess different ideologies of ‘good food’ from the perspective of human health, as well as from the perspective of social justice and ecological balance. We will critically assess the dominant model of food production through large-scale industrial agriculture and food processing.
Is this model necessary to ‘feed the world’ or is it contributing to unprecedented lifestyle diseases, cultural degradation, extreme socio-economic inequality and displacement, and ecological devastation?
If so, what can alternative, more sustainable food chains look like, and how can we be a part of them? Can we support small-scale food production and fair economic returns for farmers? Can we re-evaluate local food traditions and histories? Are there localization strategies we can participate in?
How can we ensure that our ‘waste’ goes back to nourish the soil? Most importantly, we will consider what it might mean for each one of us to eat responsibly, and share strategies and tools for doing so.
Understand more about where your food comes from and a range of political, economic, social, and cultural dimensions of food production, distribution, and consumption from the local to global scales, we will also try to understand about how food carries intrinsic meanings beyond nutrition.
- Food, Culture and Society – The development of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals as factors shaping human cultures, Changing Indian Food Culture, Why Food Matters
- Food and History – Green Revolution in India, Land Grabs
- Hunger and Obesity – Social Inequity
- The Global Food System – Food Miles, McDonaldisation of the world, Genetically modified food debate
- Food and Health – How to read labels, impacts of processed food on health, Supermarket Secrets, Food Ethics
- Food Related Social Movements – Discuss the development of alternative food systems, marketing systems, farmers markets, community gardens, and community supported agriculture, women’s movements, How to start a your own food movement, How to be more conscious in one’s food choice and make changes in one’s life.
This workshop is for individuals interested in any and/or all of the questions and themes mentioned above. Those experimenting with alternatives in their own lives and with small communities, researchers, practitioners, nutritionists and those working around issues of food would find this workshop meaningful.
Institute hope that the participants would contribute an amount of Rs. 6000 for 5 days towards workshop expenses, inclusive of all onsite workshop costs: boarding, lodging, and all the materials used in the workshop.
Date & Venue
10th to 14th May, 2021 at Sambhaavnaa Institute, VPO – Kandbari, Tehsil – Palampur, District – Kangra, PIN 176061, Himachal Pradesh.
Call: 8894227954 (between 10 am to 5 pm)