Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

The 2017 Lozano Long Conference — Revoluciones Alimentarias: New Perspectives on the Contemporary Food System in Latin America

February 22–24, 2017
The University of Texas at Austin

Our global food system is broken. It is making us sick, undermining the environment and eroding workers’ rights. No region in the world serves as a better example of this broken system than Latin America.

Latin America’s Food Revolution

Our global food system is broken. It is making us sick, undermining the environment and eroding workers’ rights. No region in the world serves as a better example of this broken system than Latin America.

Trade liberalization, political upheaval, population displacements, and environmental change have all played a role in shaping the food system in the region. Traditionally, the Latin American agricultural sector has grown by focusing on exports at the expense of producing fresh food for local communities. So even after a decade of economic growth, undernutrition overlaps (sometimes in the same population) with diets high in fat, sugar, and over-processed foods. In addition to these negative health outcomes, industrial agriculture produces enormous amounts of greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

So what to do? Join us to find out!

There is an emerging global food movement that is reimaging how we can grow and distribute food in a more sustainable and fair way. In Latin America, social movements made up of farmers, agricultural workers, consumers, environmental groups, indigenous communities, and other experts have been pushing for greater food self-sufficiency, agro-ecological production and equitable nutrition policies. This conference will address the opportunities and obstacles to transforming the current food system in Latin America and what the rest of the world can learn from it.

Food studies is by nature multi-disciplinary. This event will bring together many innovative activists, researchers, and artists. The fields represented in the conference will be anthropology, ecology, geography, public health, law, history, sociology, political science, and film. Topics include agroecology and alternative farming styles; rights-oriented food movements; the land, work, and market struggles surrounding industrial agriculture; and nutrition and public health approaches to food policies.

Our panelists come from and/or are experts on different parts of the Americas, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, and Peru.

Conference Resources 

2017 Lozano Long Conference Program

For more information, contact the conference coordinator, Paloma Diaz, at 512.232.2415.

Faculty Organizers

Pilar Zazueta is lecturer and undergraduate faculty adviser at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS). Her research focuses on food and nutrition policies in Mexico during the twentieth century. She holds a PhD in History from Columbia University. Zazueta has worked as a public health expert and project manager for programs funded by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, singer and philanthropist Shakira, and the Canadian Institutes of Health. She regularly appears on Spanish-language television as a political analyst. At LLILAS, Zazueta teaches courses on research methods, the food system, and contemporary Latin America.

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, and LLILAS affiliated faculty. He studies the global food system and alternatives to it. He is currently working on a ground-breaking documentary project about the global food system with award-winning director Steve James. The author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System, Patel received a James Beard Foundation Leadership award in 2016. Before coming to Austin, Patel co-taught the 2014 Edible Education class at UC Berkeley with Michael Pollan. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and was an adviser to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food


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