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Exploring evidence and values
in global food systems debates

NEW Podcast: with Busiso Moyo

S2:E6 Busiso Moyo on the Right to food

“Everyone has the right to have access to sufficient food” is written in the South African constitution. But how is that implemented, and who is responsible for making that a reality? Scholar-activist Busiso Moyo grapples with what ‘a right to food’ actually looks like in practice.

We also talk about different aspects of power in the food system including: agenda setting power; power of corporations; the power of paradigms; and who has power along the value chain.

For full show notes and transcript, visit here.

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NEW Blog: Parsing Grindadráp

Grindadráp: What place does whaling have in a sustainable food future?

Few food practices draw more intense debate than whaling. In the case of grindadráp, the traditional Faroese form of whaling, this debate plays out almost every summer in bloody images in tabloid newspapers around the world. But beyond the headlines, this is a complex, challenging issue that raises questions about what a truly local, sustainable food future could look like. In this TABLE blog, Tamsin Blaxter, researcher and writer at TABLE, explores some of the issues around the grind, both from the perspective of animal rights and conservation, and food traditions and local identity.

Read the blog and listen to the podcast where Tamsin Blaxter discusses Grindadráp.

What is ecomodernism?

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In a new TABLE explainer - What is ecomodernism? - we explore the philosophy of ecomodernism, which believes that it is both possible and desirable to live in material prosperity while protecting nature at the same time.

Read the explainerListen to the podcast interview with explainer author Helen Breewood. Watch the webinar recording.

Letterbox: Depolarising the future of protein


The future roles of livestock and alternative proteins are heavily contested. The IPES-Food report The Politics of Protein aimed to overcome polarisation by critically assessing the stories told about different proteins and their environmental, nutritional, and social impacts. In this TABLE Letterbox exchange, Garrett Broad and Phil Howard discuss whether the report instead reinforced existing media narratives about alternative proteins, and debate the extent to which plant-based and cell-cultured foods can help to resolve the challenges facing the global food system. Read Letterbox here.