Whose business is food security in our neoliberal world, in which the market is the supposed arbiter of equality? Should governments even have a presence? The food system, like the market, “sounds like a natural system that might bear upon us equally, like gravity or atmospheric pressure. But it is fraught with power relations” (Monbiot, 2016). Food systems – their efficiencies and failings – are potent and dynamic symbols of the broader functioning of societies and the contestations therein. Critiquing local governments’ role in food security in Western Sydney reveals ever-present power relations lurking in the shadows: the heavy hand of state and federal governments steer the governance of food security in local government jurisdictions.
When and where: 12–1pm | Tuesday 17th May | W6A 107
Liz Morgan is in the final year of her PhD on local government and food security in Western Sydney. She is a passionate advocate for food justice, and has served on the management committee of the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance. She is the co-author of a chapter on the Alliance, “Hungry for Change: the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance”, in Food Security in Australia: Challenges and Prospects for the Future (2013).