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02.02.2024

How Food Can Save the World

w/ Carolyn Steel

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Date recorded: 2 November 2022
Duration: 72 minutes
Language: English

In this podcast we will listen to a lecture by Carolyn Steel, architect and author of the award-winning ‘Hungry City: How Food Shapes Our Lives’ and ‘Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World’.

From our foraging hunter-gatherer ancestors to the enormous appetites of modern cities, food has shaped our bodies and homes, our politics and trade, and our climate. Whether it’s the daily decision of what to eat, or the monopoly of industrial food production, food touches every part of our world. But by forgetting its value, we have drifted into a way of life that threatens our planet and ourselves. Yet food remains central to addressing the predicaments and opportunities of our urban, digital age.

Drawing on insights from philosophy, history, architecture, literature, politics and science, as well as stories of the farmers, designers and economists who are remaking our relationship with food, architect and writer Carolyn Steel offers a provocative and exhilarating vision for change, and how to thrive on our crowded, overheating planet.