Truth in food (industry-sponsored group)

“Truth in Food” is an industry-sponsored group that fights against changes in the US food system. They see all this talk about local and small-scale as a misinformed plot to destroy the US food industry.  Now they have us in their sights – college professors who teach a biased, political, and just plain wrong view of how agriculture works to feed us.  And they are really angry that faculty from “Humanities” like anthropology are teaching about farming, when it should only be taught in traditional land-grant ag schools. We should not even be discussing it!

I see this as something akin to trying to stir up a war in a neighboring country to try to get your own leadership out of trouble. Paint complex issues as yes/no questions, and use scare tactics to convince people that their whole way of life is in danger.

But it does need a response. Click here to read their latest report

- note from Richard Wilk (email sent out on Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition [SAFN@LISTSERV.UIC.EDU] )


The following is from a Truth in Food email they send out to their mailing list:

Truth in food is back from school

Been wondering why you haven’t heard from Truth in Food for a while? We went back to college. That’s right! We’ve been visiting college campuses across our country to discover just how agriculture and the modern food system are being taught. What we’ve learned is enlightening and deeply disturbing.

We’ve condensed these findings into a Top 10 list for your review

If you cherish agriculture and the exceptional nature of the United States food system, then the way it is being taught at our universities is crucial. Click through to read the 10 lessons, or you can choose to download the entire white paper.

- This message is from “Truth in Food”

SUNTA Undergraduate Paper Prize

Submissions Due September 20, 2014

The Society for Urban, National and Transnational/Global Anthropology is
pleased to announce its undergraduate paper prize competition. We are
seeking nominations – *by faculty* – of student papers that address SUNTA’s
interests, including transnational social processes, impacts of
globalization, refugees and immigrants, urban life, space and place, and
poverty and homelessness. The prize includes a cash award of $150. The
winner will be announced at the 2014 AAA meetings in Washington, D.C.
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Society of Ethnobiology Announces 3 New Graduate Ethnobiology Research Fellowships

The Executive Board of the Society of Ethnobiology is delighted
to announce three new funded graduate research fellowships.  We invite
applications from graduate student members. See for more details. Continue reading

CfP: Session at Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting 2015

Understanding Vulnerability – Building Resilience
Proposed Session for the Society for Applied Anthropology Meetings
Pittsburgh PA
March 24-28, 2015

Organized by
Miriam S. Chaiken (New Mexico State University) and
Michele Companion (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs)

As the global climate shifts, communities are faced with a myriad of mitigation and adaptation challenges. These challenges highlight their vulnerability and demonstrate their resilience.  Research in the fields of hazard management, humanitarian response, food security programming, agricultural development, and gender-equity programming have sought to understand the factors that create vulnerability, and strategies to enhance resilience in individuals, families, and communities.

This session will bring together case studies from developing countries that illustrate programming that internalizes these dyadic concepts of resilience and vulnerability. Specifically we will examine programs that have helped reduce risks brought on by political instability, climate change, natural disasters, chronic food insecurity, inequality, and other problems that cause human suffering. Our goal is to both foster a richer understanding of the variations in vulnerability, and to derive lessons on fostering resilience that can be employed on a broader scale. Documenting the best practices for building resilience will be the outcome of this session.

Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper Prize – REMINDER

Email submissions to

*The submission deadline is August 31st, 2014.*

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Extended CfP: How to Feel About Affect (U of Fl)

23-25 October 2014 at University of Florida

Keynote: Jonathan Flatley (Wayne State University/NYU)

Guest speaker: Sarika Chandra (Wayne State University)

This conference aims to clarify and enrich the turn to affect studies. Part of the difficulty of theorizing affect has been an apparent inaccessibility, which often lead to emphases on the subject’s feelings or autonomic responses. Thus there are uncomfortable spaces between affective criticism on the one hand and concepts of emotion, ideology, material reality, and history on the other. Nevertheless, affect offers interesting new ways of thinking through these categories. Rather than something purely subjective or a kind of repurposing of negative emotions, we think affect demands attention as a kind of (literary) criticism. Put differently, can affect be transformative, as for example when an affective map makes “possible the conversion of a depressive melancholia into a way to be interested in the world” (Flatley)? Continue reading

Robert M. Netting Best Student Paper Prize

The Culture and Agriculture section of the American Anthropological
Association invites anthropology graduate and undergraduate students to
submit papers for the 2014 Robert M. Netting Award. The graduate
and undergraduate winners will receive cash awards of $750 and $250,
respectively, and have the opportunity for a direct consultation with the
editors of our section?s journal, CAFE (Culture, Agriculture, Food
and Environment), toward the goal of revising the paper for publication.
Submissions should draw on relevant literature from any subfield of
Anthropology, and present data from original research related to
livelihoods based on crop, livestock, or fishery production and forestry
and/or management of agricultural and environmental resources. Papers
should be single-authored, limited to a maximum of 7,000 words, including
endnotes, appendices, and references, and should follow American
Anthropologist format style. Papers already published or accepted for publication are not eligible. Only one submission per student is allowed. Submitters need not be members of the American Anthropological Association but they must be enrolled students. (Students graduating in the Spring of 2014 are eligible).

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*The submission deadline is August 31st, 2014.*

Post-doctoral Fellowship: Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya Initiative, India China Institute, The New School

The India China Institute at The New School is seeking an 18 month post-doctoral research fellow for our Sacred Landscapes and Sustainable Futures in the Himalaya Initiative (Sacred Himalaya Initiative). Supported by a grant from the Henry R. Luce Foundation, the Sacred Himalaya Initiative (SHI) is a multi- year research and teaching initiative that will explore the intersection of sacred landscapes, everyday religion and environmental issues within the Himalaya through field-based inquiry and theoretical analysis. This project builds and expands on a prior three-year project with a similar focus in the Himalaya. The salary is competitive based on experience. Comprehensive University benefits package including health and retirement plans, tuition remission.

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faculty opening at UCSC in the Environmental Studies Department

The position is titled ‘Political Economist of Environmental Change in the Global South’ – in reading the announcement, you will see we are very interested in receiving applications from people with expertise in food systems. The position is open at the Assistant and Associate levels.

Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE): inaugural issue

On September 15 the the Journal of Video Ethnography (JVE) will publish its inaugural issue.  If you would like a FREE subscription to the online, open-access journal, visit the website and sign up for one:  If you’re interested in becoming a peer reviewer, visit: