Avid Bookshop presents University of Georgia Press author Amy Trauger in conversation with Craig Page for her book We Want Land to Live: Making Political Space for Food Sovereignty on Thursday, April 27, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. The event will be held at our Five Points bookshop, and is free and open to the public.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
We Want Land to Live explores the current boundaries of radical approaches to food sovereignty. First coined by La Via Campesina (a global movement whose name means “the peasant’s way”), food sovereignty is a concept that expresses the universal right to food. Amy Trauger uses research combining ethnography, participant observation, field notes, and interviews to help us understand the material and definitional struggles surrounding the decommodification of food and the transformation of the global food system’s political-economic foundations.
In her book, Trauger discusses community gardeners in Portugal; small-scale, independent farmers in Maine; Native American wild rice gatherers in Minnesota; seed library supporters in Pennsylvania; and permaculturists in Georgia. Useful for classes on food studies and active food movements alike, We Want Land to Live makes food sovereignty issues real as it illustrates a range of methodological alternatives that are consistent with its discourse: direct action (rather than charity, market creation, or policy changes), civil disobedience (rather than compliance with discriminatory laws), and mutual aid (rather than reliance on top-down aid).
Amy Trauger is an associate professor of geography at the University of Georgia. She is the editor of Food Sovereignty in International Context: Discourse, Politics, and Practice of Place.
Craig Page is a fourth generation Athenian with undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Communication Studies and has a Masters in Environmental Planning and Design all from UGA. He founded the non-profit organization PLACE (Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experiences) and is a cofounder of the Athens Farmers Market. Craig currently works as a Planner III in the Athens-Clarke County Planning and Zoning Department, coaches and swims with the Athens Bulldog Swim Club Masters Team, and bakes Brazilian treats and other sweets.