In this fifth module of the course, we will:

  • examine local and global barriers and possibilities for sustainable food production and consumption in the urban economy
  • engage in conversation with local Los Angeles food movement organizers
  • introduce the three alternative formats for the final course assignment [business model, policy analysis paper, campaign strategy]


Assignments & Deadlines

Jayaraman, Saru. Chapters 1, 2, 4 & 7 from Behind the Kitchen DoorILR Press. 2014.

Behind the Kitchen Door: Inequality and Opportunity in Los Angeles, the Nation’s Largest Restaurant Industry,” The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, and the Los Angeles Restaurant Industry Coalition. February 14, 2011.

Los Angeles Food System Snapshot 2013: A baseline report of the Los Angeles regional foodshed,” Los Angeles Food Policy Council. October 2013.

Check out Scientific American’s interactive, 5,000 Mile Salad

Patel, Raj, “What Does Food Sovereignty Look Like?,” The Journal of Peasant Studies. Vol. 36, No. 3, July 2009, 663–706

La Via Campesina: An Historical and Political Analysis” by Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Paul Nicholson. 2013.

Schiavoni, Christina M., “Competing Sovereignties, Contested Processes: Insights from the Venezuelan Food Sovereignty Experiment.” International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), The Hague, The Netherlands Published online: 05 Feb 2015.

Fischer-Hoffman, Cory “Hundreds of Rural Families in Venezuela Retake Idle Land for Agricultural Production,” Venezuela Analysis. September 29, 2014.

Stuffed and Starved: As Food Riots Break Out Across the Globe, Raj Patel Details “The Hidden Battle for the World Food System” Democracy Now! April 8, 2008. [10:00]

Raj Patel on “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy,” Democracy Now! January 12, 2010. [10:00]

Food Chains available to rent from iTunes in SD for $3.99. 2014. [82:00]

The Future of Food: Democracy or Dictatorship [1:49:35]
Internationally renowned food activist Vandana Shiva discusses the movement for food democracy with environmentalist Derrick Jensen and the ecologist and GMO expert Ignacio Chapela at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, Nov 9, 2014

Growing Change
Growing Change is a documentary that looks at experiments to grow a fair and sustainable food system. In Venezuela, from fishing villages to cocoa plantations to urban gardens, a growing social movement is showing what’s possible when communities, not corporations, start to take control of food.

BLOG POST DUE: Tuesday, July 21, 5 pm
COMMENTS DUE:  Thursday, July 23, morning

Using the readings, videos, and your own experience as resources, write a blog post of approximately 750 words (login, click post, write, save) about the greatest challenge to creating a sustainable urban food economy, what you think the first step might be to get there, and why.

Read and Comment on at least two of your peers’ posts by Thursday morning, July 23, do not feel limited by that requirement, and continue to blog and comment as you are moved to do so.

During our Week 13 face-to-face session at the Residency, we will engage in a conversation with one or more local leaders of the sustainable food movement.