12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Faculty Colloquia with Kierstin Hatt
If we are what we eat, then what is the stuff that we are made of? The Costa Rican banana industry was a prototype for the development of large-scale food production, and Costa Rica was the original ‘Banana Republic’. Understanding banana production in Costa Rica allows us to see patterns of food production as linked to globalized consumption, of power relations, and of socio-cultural and environmental impact. Through the extension of banana production to a model for globalized food production, many of our food systems have literally, ‘gone bananas’. We are connected to our food through several interlinked systems. Understanding how these operate in the Costa Rican banana industry can be a basis for tools for understanding the complexity of the issues associated with food production and consumption, and as a basis for tools for making more informed choices about our own food consumption.