This is a friendly reminder as you are submitting your sessions for the AAG 2016 Annual Meeting (for today’s deadline) that the Geographies of Food and Agriculture Specialty Group (GFASG) is interested in sponsoring your food and agriculture-related sessions. We sponsored nearly 50 great sessions in Chicago last year (see our website for a list of these sessions:https://gfasg.wordpress.com/aag-annual-meeting/) and are looking to build on those successes. We represent a broad range of scholars with diverse interests in the geographies of food and agriculture, and thus welcome inquiries from anyone with potential overlap. Topics might include, but are not limited to: political economy of agri-food systems; food and identity; urban agriculture; land and food sovereignty; ecological impacts of food systems; and more.
Specialty group sponsorship can bring greater attention to your session as it will be listed on our website and is easier for members to locate in the conference program. If you are interested in seeking GFASG sponsorship for your AAG session and have not already contacted me, please send an e-mail including the session title, a brief description, and the organizers’ information to Colleen Hammelman at email@example.com.
The Politics of Farming in North America: Challenges and Resistance (AAG 2016 Paper Session)
Climate change, rural decline, the cost-price squeeze, localized pollution and erosion, uncertain markets, and neoliberal policies are making it increasingly difficult to be a farmer in North America (Akram-Lodhi 2013). With an aging farming population and farms getting larger and larger, it can be hard for new entrants to get a foothold in agriculture with the cost of capital infrastructure often exceeding their means. Additionally, with neoliberal capitalism, the erosion of agriculture support programs, the introduction of new international trade agreements, and increased corporate concentration have marginalised farmers who remain committed to sustainable, small-scale agriculture. We invite participants to submit abstracts for this paper session who will address any or all of the following questions, and who are keen to discuss the changing political role of farmers within North America:
The publisher for Geography, Planning, and Development journals at Elsevier has a short survey exploring the need for a journal entitled “Geography of Food” that is devoted to research into issues human geography, planning, and food.
It’s a short survey, 3 minutes long, and there are many in this community who might be interested in weighing in on the topic: