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Raj Patel (author of Stuffed and Starved) in Christchurch on Sep 20, Environmental Film Festival this weekend

This promises to be an interesting and educational week.

The week is kicked of with a lecture (or discussion?) by Raj Patel – author of Stuffed and Starved – Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System – on the state of the global food systems with all its scandals. He analyzes the phenomenon of half of the world’s population being stuffed, while the other half is starving. On the way he discusses GE foods, rising levels of obesity and dangerous foods as well as suggesting ways to get out of this mess. This is definitely a lecture not to be missed!
Raj will be speaking in Christchurch on Thursday, Sep 20 7:30 pm at Oxford Tce Baptist Church (Cnr Oxford Tce and Madras St), in Wellington on Monday, Sep 24 12:15 pm at St Andrews on the Terrace and in Auckland on Tuesday, Sep 25 7:30 pm at Aotea Chapel (370 Queen St).

The second highlight of this week is the 3rd annual Aotearoa Environmental Film Festival (AEFF). The festival tours New Zealand with a selection of 30 films (ranging from 2 minute short films to full feature-length movies) about such diverse subjects as the discovery of the last breeding colony of the Arab Phoenix to environmental impacts of a copper mine in Ecuador. A special section is reserved for New Zealand films that put the spotlight on alpine geckos in Fjordland, a student-made documentary on pollution of a lowland river and Hard Hat Harry, who “ambles across the sea floor talking to sea creatures in his quest for a treasure chest”.

The film festival is screened in Christchurch Sep 21 – 24 (7:30 pm daily) at the Otautahi Social Centre, for a detailed list of movies and dates for other cities, please visit the selections page of the film festival.

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  1. Comment by Tuefelsdrockh | 2008/05/15 at 05:23:31

    STUFFED AND STARVED will change the way you look at food forever! It is THE book on the world food crisis. Tea drinker or not, check this book out. Also go to the author’s website: stuffedandstarved.org I sound like a zealot, because I have been thoughtfully informed and transformed by this book’s analysis of a global malnutrition endemic that will have disasterous consequences in the generations to come.

  2. Jo
    Comment by Jo | 2008/05/15 at 07:45:27

    Hi Tuefelsdrockh,
    welcome to our blog. We were fortunate enough to have Raj give a lecture and workshop here in Christchurch.
    As you point out, his findings are indeed shocking and I am constantly recommending his book to anyone who’s interested in (or in complete denial of, for that matter) the problems our society’s food supply chain is facing. BTW, there was just a great (meaning scary but awakening) article on this subject in the Guardian. It can be viewed here.

    Interestingly, there has been a lot of traffic to this specific post in the last month or two. Does anyone know why?

  3. Comment by Peter Bastow | 2008/05/17 at 13:11:14

    I live in Perth Western Australia and was moved when I saw an interview of Dr Raj Patel and listerned to his veiws on the world food shortage, so much so that I feel I would like to help in anyway I can. Would you please advise of any current programs running that I may be able to be a part of, thank you for your time and I look forward to your reply.

  4. lsi
    Comment by lsi | 2008/09/05 at 20:05:01

    is it availible in German?


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  1. Trackback by Anonymous | 2007/09/19 at 21:56:56

    Stuffed & Starved – Raj Patel on our food dilemma…

    Ever wondered how it can be that half of the world’s population is being stuffed, while the other half is starving. Raj Patel’s book discusses this phenomenon as well as GE foods, rising levels of obesity and dangerous foods as well as suggesting wa…

  2. […] Here are some of my personal highlights for the day (for the complete program, visit the Vegetarian Expo website): – cooking demos: quick & easy Japanese tofu pattie (I’m always open for new ways to make tofu taste yummier) andIndian vegetarian cookery. We’re going to give a demonstration of a gong-fu cha tea ceremony at 11:15! – workshops: Love pigs not pork and Save Happy Valley – films: Food without fear (what a great title, especially after listening to Raj Patel last week), Urban elephant and Chew on this […]

  3. […] One voice that has gotten a lot of attention in recent months on these subjects in relation to food is Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved – Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World Food System (I’ve written about him last year here). He recently conducted an interview for the Reality Report where he summarizes many of my arguments much more eloquently than I am able to. Another (shorter) interview with Raj Patel, targeted more at a mainstream audience, can be found here. One of the things that set Raj Patel apart from most other analysts who confront us with uncomfortable facts is that he actually offers solutions that ordinary people can implement. He shows that there are feasible ways (which are already implemented in certain places in the world) in which we as individuals can make a difference. One of his prime examples of an organisation that is successful in making a difference is the international peasant movement La Via Campensia. […]

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