23 oktober, Leiden: Masterclass ‘Voorbij globalisering: voedsel, coöperaties en WalMart in Mexico’ (Engelstalig)

Volg-je-maaltijd (18 oktober 2013) LaRuta/Noticias organiseert op 23 oktober in Leiden een  (Engelstalige) lezing over de handel in voedsel in Mexico. Docent José Carlos G. Aguiar (R.U.L.) plaatst het distributiesysteem van de hebzuchtige multinational WalMart tegenover de opkomende beweging van coöperaties die uitgaan van een sociale, eerlijke verdeling van de opbrengst, en van respect voor de natuur. Wat is de impact van WalMart op de (im)materiële omstandigheden van de plaatselijke bevolking? Leidt het functioneren van de coöperaties tot vermindering van de effecten van globalisering of versterkt ze die juist?

(Overgenomen van La Ruta, Volg-je-maaltijd)

Masterclass ‘Beyond Globalization: Food, Co-operatives, and WalMart in Mexico’

Volg-je-maaltijd organizes its third masterclass: What is the impact of globalization on the production and trade of food?

WalMart illustrates the greedy capitalist system, and the impact of globalization on local economies. Production is outsourced to low-wage countries and comes from all corners of the earth. The company is guilty of corruption and tax evasion, and destroys local production processes. Today, WalMart is the biggest supermarket chain in Mexico.

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On the other hand, globalization stimulates the spread of alternative models. Since the 1990s, the interest in cooperatives in Mexico has been growing strongly. On the coast of the Oaxaca region there is a long history of cooperatives that are striving to replace the economy of global neoliberalism with a social, fair distribution of gains, and respect for nature. These coops are often run in cooperation with international organizations, and even businesses. Following the example of Paris and New York, the Mercado del Cien was founded in Mexico City in 2010. All food sold here (vegetables, fruit, dairy, bread) is produced within 100 kilometers of the market. Here, the dream of a global market seems to be replaced by shorter and smaller supply chains.

This lecture will focus on the trade of food in Mexico with relation to two structures: corporate power, as embodied by WalMart, and the cooperatives in the countryside and in the city. How do Mexicans nowadays get their food? What is the impact of WalMart on the (im)material circumstances of the local population? Do cooperatives work against the effects of globalization, or are they strengthened by it?

José Carlos G. Aguiar is lecturer at Leiden University. He is specialized in cultures of illegality, cities, security and digital piracy. (web: http://www.josecarlosgaguiar.com)

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit Sociale Wetenschappen, Wassenaarseweg 52, Lokaal 1A27

woensdag 23 oktober, 19:30 – 21:30

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Bron:
Masterclass ‘Beyond Globalization: Food, Co-operatives, and WalMart in Mexico’,” LaRuta, oktober 2013

(verkorte weblink: https://www.supermacht.nl/?p=2859)

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