1. Another podcast!  This is our third one of the semester—it’s on food vendors at college campuses & the search for a new one at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

    If y’all have any feedback or ideas, feel free to send them our way!

  2. 00:54

    Notes: 2

    Tags: co-opsociology

    Woah! So we did not post our second mini-podcast to our blog a few days ago, when we finalized it.  So, here you have it—it’s a short podcast on co-operatives, a subject we’ve discussed in-depth throughout our special studies.

    Be on the lookout for our third podcast—it’s about food on college campuses!

  3. A Critique of “This is Why We Need to Buy Local!”

    Some of the posts we come across on Tumblr advocate for the purchasing of locally grown foods.   We think that locally grown food is a viable alternative to corporations that sell food, like Walmart.  However, it’s really important to consider the intersections of oppression that exist when it comes to the purchasing of and access to food.  Some folks don’t have locally grown food sources close to their homes, let alone money to afford the often pricier local food.  Additionally, there is a lot of literature out there discussing food deserts and their connection to racism and classism.

    So, while buying local is a good alternative, keep in mind other intersecting oppressions and how they can limit folks.

  4. thepeoplesrecord:


    #OcupaTelevisa: Mexican Youth Protest Televisa’s Monopoly, Corrupt Political Ties

    Several hundred students and young people marched to the studios of media giant Televisa this Tuesday in protest of what many see as the network’s negative social influence and corrupt political ties in Mexico.

    About 20 self-identified Anarchists arrived late in the afternoon and quarreled with police. Reports indicate a few of the Anarchists threw eggs and paint-filled balloons on studio walls; the photo above shows a television set being thrown on officers guarding the entrance to Televisa.

    “We want schools, not telenovelas!” was chanted by protesters late into the evening. #YoSoy132 and others have insisted in previous protests that Televisa’s near monopoly be broken up by Mexico’s anti-competitive commission.

    Photos via Twitter users YoSoyRed_, masde131, Poetwitera, scatnu, _franzk, la_tutifruti.


  5. 10:01 3rd May 2013

    Notes: 57960

    Reblogged from comradechrisman

    But the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

    We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

  6. 08:10 2nd May 2013

    Notes: 8

    Reblogged from moonmischief

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    you know, just some examples of corporate involvement with the government.

    you know, just some examples of corporate involvement with the government.

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  8. i (david) am an avid fan of black girl dangerous and though this post is not directly aimed at corporate involvement in food systems, there are critiques of the agri-food industry in this post. if you’re uncomfortable with profane language skip this post, but if not read it. it also addresses some of the issues with the inaccessible and commodified  ”local” and “ethical” food experiences that are heavily endorsed by large corporations vis a vis ethical consumption. additionally, conversations around local and feel-good foods are always a hot topic for debate on college campuses, especially in regard to dining services, as we mentioned in an earlier post.

  9. we really can’t speak to the likelihood of this passing, but check out the article and watch the video, because this is pretty significant. normally we’d provide y’all with some analysis, but the video does a pretty good job of that. 

  10. a bit of a dated article, but it brings up some important topics. for instance, the decision to serve healthier food versus lower cost food is a conversation that hampshire folks are always engaged in, especially now that we’re creating a new food contract. on the one hand, yes, who wouldn’t want to have delicious healthy food served in the dining commons? and why shouldn’t students be entitled to such foods when their meal plans are multiple thousands of dollars each year, and in many circumstances students are not given an option to opt out. i think hampshire’s exceeds $4000 at this point, but it’s at least half that, not sure as i don’t buy one because i live in one of the on-campus apartments. that said those apartments are relatively difficult to get into and if you live in the dorms (the only other alternative is off-campus, which has its own set of complications as we’re in a mostly rural area) you’re not given an option. 

    so why not always healthy, organic, local, fair trade, w/e food? there’s a few good reasons. coming from my experience at hampshire, food plans are not part of the financial aid package (this is not the case for all institutions), and with more expensive food comes a higher price for students. this can be very prohibitive to low-income folks, and education should not be limited to the economic elite. another consideration to take into account is how culturally appropriate the food is. that is, does it contextually make sense and/or is it appropriative?

    food is a seriously touchy issue, and i didn’t really realize how much so until i came to college. there are a lot of other things that need to be discussed when making decisions about food such as where to source it from, how to prepare it, who prepares it, what they’re paid, how much to sell it for, and so on. we will try to address a few, but definitely not all, of these topics to the best of our abilities in our next podcast. keep on the lookout for it :)