I’m speaking with Fabio Parasecoli about his new book, Gastronativism: Food, Identity, Politics, at the Museum of the City of New York at a session chaired by Krishnendu Ray at 6:30 pm. Information is here and the ticketing link is here. This is a preview of the museum’s forthcoming exhibit, Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate (opening September 16) and is co-presented by MOFAD (Museum of Food and Drink).
FAO: Let’s start regulating food commodity futures. Yes!
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), says FoodNavigator.com, is proposing “limited” regulation of food futures.
“Limited” doesn’t go nearly far enough. Food futures need regulation, big time.
In a policy brief, FAO attributes the recent crisis over food prices to speculation on food futures. Futures trading drove up the prices of food staples—corn, rice, and wheat—to record levels.
If, like me, you find this kind of trading incomprehensible, help is at hand.
And applaud FAO for at least taking a tiny first step to getting speculation in food under control.