Industrial Agriculture and the Humble Strawberry

TUE, FEB 20, 2018 (32:51)

Learn about the complex relationship between Big Agriculture in the U.S. and one of California’s major crops: the strawberry. Industrialized agriculture produces massive crops, but this process requires plant breeding that may sacrifice flavor and nutritional quality. Industrialized agriculture also depends on extensive use of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that can destroy the soil and cause serious environmental pollution and health concerns. In her forthcoming, Dr. Julie Guthman examines how efforts to manage a single soil pathogen ( Verticillium dahliae) gave rise to the modern strawberry industry, and the impact it had on California. Dr. Guthman will also discuss her other studies of industrialized agriculture in America and its impact on the environment and human health.

+ BIO: Julie Guthman, Ph. D.

Dr. Julie Guthman focuses her research on sustainable agriculture and alternative food movements, international political economy of food and agriculture, politics of obesity, environmental health, political ecology, race and food, critical nutrition, and critical human geography. Guthman is a Radcliffe Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow in the 2017-2018 season. She is the author of the widely praised _Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism_. Dr. Guthman’s book awards include the Frederick H. Buttel Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Award from the Rural Sociological Society for Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (University of California Press, 2004) and the ASFS Book Award for Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism(University of California Press, 2011).

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