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Stuffed and Starved: Discrepancies in Global Food Distribution

May.23.2012

Why is half the world malnourished, and the other half obese? Why is there such a large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to food? Activist and academic Raj Patel will conduct a global investigation to make sense of the world food crisis and describe how “the food system is filled with choices made by a handful of powerful people, in smoke-filled rooms, over the objections of the majority.”

He currently serves as a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, a fellow at the Institute of Food and Development Policy (Food First) and a research associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s School of Development Studies in South Africa. As a former employee and outspoken critic of the World Bank, World Trade Organization and United Nations, Patel has been tear-gassed on four continents for protesting against those institutions.

Patel earned a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford University, an MA from the London School of Economics and a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

PRICE: $12 for Members | $20 for Non-Members | $7 for Students (with valid ID)
To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at www.commonwealthclub.org

CONTACT: Riki Rafner, Director of Media/PR, (415) 597-6712
Ryan Owens, Public Relations Fellow, (415) 597-6734
Media interested in attending should please RSVP to rowens@commonwealthclub.org by noon day of event.

Also know: Patel will be speaking in San Francisco on June 12th.