Environmentalist Deborah Barndt to talk about the ‘globalization of the tomato’ at UM-Dearborn April 10

April 3, 2009

DEARBORN / April 3, 2009---Deborah Barndt, professor of environmental studies at York University, will present “Tangled Routes: Women, Work and Globalization on the Tomato Trail” at noon on Friday, April 10 at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in Dining Room B of the campus's Fairlane Center.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the campus’s “Text in Community” lecture series, which is supported by the Office of the Provost to engage the campus community in discussions with authors whose writings focus on significant current or emerging issues.

Barndt’s book Tangled Routes examines the global food system by following the journey of the corporate tomato from a Mexican agribusiness, a Canadian supermarket and a U.S.-owned fast food restaurant.

"Deborah Barndt integrates art, photography and activism into her research to produce creative and innovative works that are used in classrooms and communities throughout North America,” according to Suzanne Bergeron, associate professor of women's studies and social sciences and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. “Tangled Routes shows the devastating ecological and social impact of global agriculture. Her account of the myriad problems that ensue when we grow tomatoes on ‘factory farms’ in Mexico and then ship them thousands of miles to fast-food chains in Canada and the United States has made students who have read her book rethink their relationship to the global food system in profound ways. I guarantee that anyone who comes to this talk will never think about the tomato the same way again."

Those wishing to attend the talk should register by Wednesday, April 8 by e-mailing Sharie Beard at sbeard@umd.umich.edu or by calling 593-4925.







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