Immediate: February 1, 2011
Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634
The Nassau Community College Spring 2011 Cultural Program Presents
Who Gets to Eat What: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System
Writer & Academic Raj Patel
Garden City, NY – The Spring 2011 Cultural Program at Nassau Community College is proud to present writer and academic Raj Patel, who will discuss Who Gets to Eat What: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System on Monday, February 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the College Center Building.
Raj Patel, controversial author, journalist and food policy expert, continuously challenges our presumptions about the global food economy with his work as a policy analyst and activist. He has worked for some of the most prestigious international organizations and protested against them, and constantly attempts to find ways to improve the global food system.
Author of the international bestseller Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel exposes how the food market is structured between consumers, farmers and a handful of corporations in-between. Ultimately, it is the power of these modern food giants that determine how food ends up on tables throughout the world.
Patel follows our food from seed to store to plate. Examining the scope of hunger and globalization, he explains the steps necessary to regain control of the global food economy, stop the exploitation of farmers and consumers and rebalance global sustenance.
A London native, Patel graduated from Balliol College at Oxford and pursued his Ph.D. from Cornell University, which led him to research land reform politics. After working for the World Bank, interning at the World Trade Organization and consulting for the United Nations, he has become a harsh critic of their methods, and has been tear-gassed on four continents protesting against them.
Who Gets to Eat What: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled. For more information, call 516.572.7153.
About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence.