Land Concentration, Agricultural Sustainability and Food Sovereignty in the European Union

 

April 6, 2018, 2-6:30 pm

Lincoln Hall, Rm 3057

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Co-sponsored by the European Union Center (EUC); Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center (REEC); Center for Global Studies (CGS); and Women and Gender in Global Perspective (WGGP).

 

 

 

Event Schedule

 

Welcome and Introduction

2-2:15

 

Carla Almeida Santos (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

 

Subsidies and Land Concentration

2:15-3:15

 

Eszter Krasznai Kovács (University of Cambridge, UK and Corvinus University of Budapest)

Seeing Subsidies Like a Farmer: Strategies, Traps, and Political Tools of the (Hungarian) State

 

David Bullock (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Thinking about the Impacts of CAP Subsidies on Farm Size

 

-Coffee Break-

 

Seeds of Sovereignty

3:30-4:30

 

Guntra Aistara (Central European University, Budapest, Hungary)

Seeding Organic Sovereignties

 

Claire Luby (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

An Open-Source Approach to Plant Breeding in the U.S.

 

Consumer or Farmer Protection?

4:30-5:30

 

Diana Mincyte (The City University of New York – NYC College of Technology)

Testing Food Sovereignty in the Frontiers of Europe: Gender, Labor, and Precarity in Rural Lithuania

 

Bryan Endres (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Food Fraud and Certifications: Consumer Responses to Redevelop Foodsheds in Croatia

 

Concluding Roundtable

5:30-6:30

 

Zsuzsa Gille (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Politics of Materiality in Relational Perspectives

 

 

Speaker Info

 

Guntra Aistara

Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University

 

Guntra Aistara is Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, whose research lies at the intersection of political ecology, food sovereignty, and environmental justice. Her forthcoming book, Organic Sovereignties: Struggles over Farming in an Age of Free Trade (University of Washington Press, 2018), explores how organic agriculture movements in Latvia and Costa Rica have negotiated entry into free trade regions, such as the European Union (EU), and the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), respectively.

 

David Bullock

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Bryan Endres

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Dr. Endres studies the impact of law throughout food and bio-products supply chains and develops solutions to improve regulatory outcomes. He explores a range of issues, including legal structures to support farms engaged in direct marketing, small farm regulatory compliance, liability issues relating to use of genetically engineered seed, and developing cooperative legal structures to better manage invasive plants.

 

Zsuzsa Gille

Department of Sociology; Director, Global Studies Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Zsuzsa Gille is Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

 

Zsuzsa Gille’s Relevant Publications

 

Eszter Krasznai Kovács

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge; Corvinus University of Budapest

 

Eszter is a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge UK and Corvinus University of Budapest working on water, agriculture and urbanisation issues through South Asia and Eastern Europe. From May 2018, she will take up a Leverhulme Early Career Award at the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, to focus on the effects and processes of European financialisation for rural development.

 

Eszter Kovács’ Publications

 

Claire Luby

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 

Claire Luby is currently a postdoc at the University of Illinois working on a participatory maize breeding research project in collaboration with farmers in IL and WI. She completed her PhD as a Clif Bar Family Foundation Fellow in Organic Plant Breeding in 2016 researching the relationship between plant breeding, plant genetic diversity and intellectual property rights using carrot as a model crop. She is also a co-founder of the Open Source Seed Initiative and the Student Organic Seed Symposium.

 

Claire Luby’s Publications

 

Diana Mincyte

The City University of New York – NYC College of Technology

 

Diana Mincyte is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Science at The City University of New York-NYC College of Technology. Recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, she examines environmental and justice dimensions of agro-food systems both in and outside of Eastern Europe. 

 

Diana Mincyte’s CV