Friday, April 15, 2016

A Blog's New Direction

This blog has been on hiatus for about 4 years, in which time I've finished a dissertation and entered a new phase of life.  I'm now very happily employed with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation and also supported by the Center for Regional Food Systems.  I do a lot of my work in Malawi with faculty researchers from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources .

From here on out, I'm going to make an attempt to keep this blog focused on food issues in a changing world.  I want to use it to explore food narratives and trajectories, as well as to unpack assumptions that are often used to justify certain courses of action or advocacy.

My interest is in contributing to efforts that support food systems that provide easily accessible and nutritious food, diverse livelihood opportunities, and which are environmentally sustainable (or regenerative).  I see food systems and food-related work as a forum for creativity and innovation, social and economic justice, and improved community cohesion.  I think my posts will end up being a combination of the political and the scientific, as well as observations about my work and the work of my colleagues.  I would also like to provide a forum for academics to discuss issues that concern them, but to do so in ways that are compelling to the general public.

I'm going to try mightily to balance every critical post with a positive one, because while there's a lot to complain about, there's so much good stuff going on that it would be a crime to dwell on the negative.

I look forward to building networks with a wide range of people who are also interested in these and related food issues.

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