Foodopoly Author Wenonah Hauter Comes to Austin
AUSTIN, Texas – The past few months have seen a slew of corporate mergers with giants such as Kroger and Anheuser-Busch extending their control of the market. These mergers are just part of a trend of placing the control of our food system in the hands of a select few, creating a Foodopoly. Wenonah Hauter, the executive director of the national consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch, will be in Austin, TX discussing her new book, Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America on August 7, 2013.
Foodopoly has been called “…a meticulously researched tour de force…examines the pernicious effects of consolidation in every sector of the food industry” by Publishers Weekly; “A forceful argument about our dysfunctional food system” by Kirkus Reviews; and“politically brave” by the San Francisco Chronicle. In addition, Foodopoly has received praise by such environmental and food justice luminaries as Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva and others.
Who: Austin Public Library hosts Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter to discuss her book, Foodopoly.
What: Join Wenonah Hauter for a presentation on Foodopoly and book signing, followed by a Q&A session. For more details visit the event page.
Where: Austin, Texas Public Library, Manchaca Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 7pm
Interviews available: Wenonah is available for phone interviews prior to her arrival in Austin during the week of July 29- August 2 and on Monday, August 5, 2013. Please contact Anna Ghosh at [email protected] and 510-922-0075 to schedule.
Through meticulous research, Hauter presents a shocking account of how agricultural policy has been hijacked by lobbyists, driving out independent farmers and food processors in favor of the likes of Cargill, Tyson, Kraft, and ConAgra. Hauter illustrates how solving this crisis will require a complete structural shift, a grassroots movement to reshape our food system from seed to table, a movement that has the commitment and foresight to build the political power necessary to change the way food is produced, marketed, distributed and sold—a change that is about politics and economic change, not just personal choice. More information about Foodopoly and Hauter can be found at www.foodopoly.org
“Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced. So we can all enjoy and trust in what we eat and drink, we help people take charge of where their food comes from, keep clean, affordable, public tap water flowing freely to our homes, protect the environmental quality of oceans, force government to do its job protecting citizens, and educate about the importance of keeping the global commons — our shared resources — under public control.”