Women in Bread and the Fibershed at SHED

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Brief highlights

  • The logic of the hegemonic system created by white men: life can be owned as property. Womyn as wives, people of color as slaves, and natural resources as commodities;
  • The expectation that owners have of property is that they should function according to the owner’s expectations, and that property can be manipulated to meet those expectations. Females are expected to be well-behaved, pretty, and docile at the expense of health, safety, and agency. People of color are expected to produce goods for consumption without being compensated. Seeds and landscapes are transformed for quantifiable use-value despite near and long-term ecological damage;
  • I announced that I’m pregnant; and
  • The California Grain Campaign (Grist & Toll and I) and Fibershed met to discuss coordinating our efforts to push for construction of scale-appropriate infrastructure for regenerative agriculture.

Capitalizing on food waste

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A few months ago I expressed my frustration with the misdirected efforts of food waste reduction organizations in this blog.

Stephen Satterfield’s recent article for Civil Eats digs deeper into this issue by covering Phat Beet’s open letter to Food Shift shines a light on an example of the recent capitalizing on food waste at the expense of small scale producers.

I want to reiterate that we need to think of systemic solutions, such as shifting our values away from overproduction at all initial and human costs and towards equitable distribution of quality regionally- and culturally-relevant foods. Doing so requires creating new infrastructure to cycle nutrients instead of relying on (and blaming) individuals.