Anthropology and Sociology Research Colloquium Series
February 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
Liberal Arts Building, #204
Free and open to the public.
As the first lecture in the Anthropology and Sociology Research Colloquium Series this spring, renowned sociologist Dr. Yuki Kato of Tulane University will present, "Food Justice for whom?: Examining the Opportunities and Challenges of Making Local Food Accessible to the Food Desert."
The food justice movement has emerged to critique the alternative food movement as inconsiderate to the challenges that poor and minority communities face in accessing good food. The movement advocates for the improved availability of “culturally appropriate” food in these communities, but also faces unique challenges due to food’s deep cultural roots. Based on her five years of research of the emergence of urban agricultural activities in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, the presentation will provide illustration of the challenges that the activism to bring fresh, local produce to the so-called food desert in the city, and explores opportunities for promoting and practicing food justice in the city.
Yuki Kato is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies at Tulane University. Her current research examines the emergence of urban agricultural activities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, and explores its broader social impacts on community (re)development, demographic shift, and racial/class inequality in the city.
This event is free and open to the public.