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).
Happy Thanksgiving: three reports on hunger and politics
New York City’s Coalition Against Hunger has issued a new report on the city’s Superstorm of Hunger.
It comes with an Infographic summarizing the principal action points:
- Create good jobs
- Invest in people
- Strengthen the safety net
- Build strong partnerships
And Circa provides an illustrated, interactive (check the links!) account of an analysis by the Sunlight Foundation of how lobbyists and tax dollars affect the cost of your thanksgiving dinner.
The bottom line: Agribusiness spent $71 million on campaign contributions and $95 million on lobbying in 2012. For example:
The National Turkey Federation — a member of an agricultural businesses coalition —has given $1.37 million in campaign contributions since 1989, focused mainly on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. The group has also spent $3.58 million on lobbying during that time, taking aim at laws for turkey exports and antibiotic rules.
Enjoy your dinner!