The listerioisis outbreak and the death of 189 people places in sharp focus the urgency of a campaign for a food production system that enables abundant, sustainable, healthy and varied diets and which strictly upholds health regulations. Capitalism turns food into a commodity like all others, to be made and sold for profit, and is wasteful, environmentally unsafe and exploitative. The capitalist food system also spawns food insecurity. As food becomes unaffordable, people opt for cheaper, less-healthy diets that lead to obesity and diet-related diseases. Tragically, the food industry and its all-powerful lobbies distort and discredit research on how their products lead to obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Natalya Dinat will talk to us about the consequences of the commodification of food and how the profit-driven corporate food system kills us. Dinat is a Johannesburg-based medical doctor. Linked to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) in the late 1990s, she initiated the first clinic for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a public health setting. Until 2011, Dinat taught at the University of the Witwatersrand medical school.
Thursday 12 April 2018
Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education
67 Main Road, Mowbray
(next to UCT Forest Hill and opposite the CPUT Viljoenhof residences)