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Reconciling Our Food System: Talk and Workshop
Thu 13 April 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
Industrialized agriculture is one of the largest contributors to climate change, producing a quarter of global emissions and consuming 70% of the world’s fresh water. If we are to halt our climate crisis, we need first to understand, and reconcile ourselves with the impact our individual and collective food choices have upon our planet. The question has never been more pressing: how we feed ourselves as a human species, and ourburgeoning population, without it costing the earth?
In April 2016 Political Ecologist Nessie Reid lived with two Guernsey cows for five days in a temporary ‘Milking Parlour’ constructed in Anchor Square, Bristol. Free and open to all, the installation included daily discussions which brought together voices from across the spectrum of this complex debate - from dairy farmers, to vegans, to food producers, to academics, the general public, philosophers and more. The Milking Parlour created an open and safe space to explore some of the complexities and moral conundrums behind our food choices, and our relationship to food.
In a talk and workshop at 123space series, Reconcilation, Nessie will explore the theme of reconciliation and its place when approaching our food system, and our daily food choices. Much of the narrative of the environmental campaigning movement has been a culture of blame and shame and forecasting of the apocalypse: a fate of which Nessie believes ends inevitably in a state of intense apathy and powerlessness. Inspired by the work of Joanna Macey’s The Work That Reconnects, and through a facilitated meditation, this workshop will also explore how we reconcile with our collective grief for the planet and how to turn that grief into positive action and the role individual agency plays in making change.