Slow Food Columbia is one of 200+ Slow Food USA chapters, located in Columbia, South Carolina. Our mission is to support the movement behind GOOD, CLEAN and FAIR foodways in the Midlands and beyond. Our convivium hosts workshops, potlucks and other events throughout the year to celebrate local + seasonal flavors; to showcase the culinary talents of our region's chefs, farmers, + artisan producers; to strengthen connections between members of our local food community; and to educate the public about the importance of knowing where your food comes from.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friday, April 2nd at 3:30PM - Vandana Shiva “Soil Not Oil"

Attention Slow Food Columbia - this is a lecture you won't want to miss!

Friday, April 2nd at 3:30PM Vandana Shiva "Soil Not Oil: Food Security in Times of Climate Change," at the Darla Moore School of Business, Belk Auditorium

Read about it on the USC website.

Shiva, who has been singled out by Time magazine as an environmental “hero,” also was called by Asia Week one of the five most powerful communicators from Asia. Shiva’s talk will draw connections between three of the world’s most serious issues: food insecurity, peak oil and climate change. She calls for small, sustainable, bio-diverse farms in an effort to evade the environmental and economic problems associated with industrial agriculture. She proposes solutions based on principles of self-organization, community and environmental justice, in opposition to trends of globalization, fossil-fuel dependence and corporate power.

In addition to "Soil Not Oil," Shiva's books include "Earth Democracy" and "Water Wars." In India, Shiva established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights; founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology; and is vice president of the global movement, Slow Food International.

Shiva's talk is sponsored by USC's Green (West) Quad Learning Center, the South Carolina Honors College, the Darla Moore School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences and its School of the Environment, department of philosophy, Walker Institute of International & Area Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Program.

For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Elliott, associate professor of philosophy, at 803-777-3735 or via e-mail at

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