The Rise of Mega-companies in the Global Food System: Implications for Justice and Sustainability

Tuesday October 8, 2019
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

A shrinking number of ever larger “mega-companies” command enormous influence over the global food system.
In this talk, Jennifer Clapp outlines the current status of corporate consolidation across the global agrifood system, examines its key drivers, and assesses debates over the implications of this trend for the future of food systems more broadly. She argues that a complex mix of technological, financial and policy factors have encouraged growing concentration in the sector in recent years, and discusses current policy proposals to address it.

Jennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability, and a Peter Wall Institute International Visiting Research Scholar from the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She has published widely on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. Her most recent books include Speculative Harvests: Financialization, Food, and Agriculture (with S. Ryan Isakson, Fernwood Press, 2018), Food, 2nd Edition (Polity, 2016), and Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012).

Co-hosted by: The Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, The School of Public Policy and Global Affairs (SPPGA), the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm, and the Global Reporting Centre

This event is free, but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.