Monday, December 1, 2008

DEBATE AT LOLITA BAR: Should We "Eat Locally"?

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This blog’s “Month of Feminism” starts today, mere days after Thanksgiving, which has probably left more than one feminist reader feeling fat — and thus oppressed by the patriarchy.

But before we can move on to a careful dissection of that unwarranted feeling of oppression, another food-related debate is upon us — and you should join us for it, this Wednesday (Dec. 3, 8pm) at Lolita Bar:

Should We “Eat Locally”?

YES: Jesse Anttila-Hughes (Columbia Ph.D. student, climate and disasters)

NO: Saife Ammous (Columbia Ph.D. candidate, sustainable development)

Hosted by Todd Seavey and moderated by Michel Evanchik.

Free admission, cash bar. Basement level of Lolita Bar at 266 Broome St. at the corner of Allen St. on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, one block south and three west of the Delancey St. F, J, M, Z subway stop.

Would we be healthier, ecologically better off, and more organically socially connected to our fellow citizens if we bought from the farmer across town instead of a distant, possibly unfriendly agribusiness? This debate is, in a way, the nutritional analogue of an important tension recurring in several political philosophies: the degree to which we value decentralization and global interconnectedness. Sometimes the two jibe, and sometimes they’re hopelessly at odds.

Come find the answer on Wednesday — and keep reading this blog in December for more on the moral significance of offending fat chicks (and related topics), as alluded to above. For the larger picture on how to resolve some of the aforementioned local/global political tensions, of course, you’ll have to read this blog’s “Month of Liberty (i.e., Property)” in January as well.


jenny said...

can someone record this debate? i’m not going to make it up, and it sounds particularly interesting.

Todd Seavey said...

No, that hasn’t worked out in the past and we do not have equipment for doing so easily, though we’ll be delighted if someone spontaneously gives it a try.

Lina said...

I might give it a try if I find a fellow journalism student willing to help me with a second video camera. No promises though :)

Todd Seavey said...

Thanks very much!

Todd Seavey said...

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