The Scoop

Landship Foods is inspired by the conviction that growing and eating healthy food is one of the most important things we can do for both ourselves and the broader communities of which we are a part. The name comes from the language of pre-industrial Europe. Before the enclosure movement and the associated rise in notions of private property swept England, the suffix “-ship” (as in "relationship," or "friendship") referred to an object or an abstraction with collective duties and mutual rights. Thus, the term “landship” suggests that land was an entity through which humans were joined to each other by a set of rights and responsibilities. I advocate for a revival of this awareness.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said

"Just as none of us is outside or beyond geography, none of us is completely free from the struggle over geography. That struggle is complex and interesting because it is not only about soldiers and cannons but also about ideas, about forms, about images and imaginings."

Thinking with History, Carl Schorske

"The architecture of the cities appropriated the styles of bygone times to lend symbolic weight and pedigree to modern building types from railway stations and banks to halls of parliament and city halls. The cultures of the past provided the decent drapery to clothe the nakedness of modern utility."

Culture and Imperialism, Edward Said

"Appeals to the past are among the commonest strategies in interpretations of the present. What animates such appeals is not only disagreement about what happened in the past and what the past was, but uncertainty about whether the past is really past, over and concluded, or whether it continues, albeit in different forms, perhaps."

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Erskine Caldwell (1935)

"The failure of the church to preach its own convictions in the sharecropper country has resulted in its becoming a burlesque of religion."

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Guy Debord

"In this world which is so respectful of economic necessities, no one really knows the real cost of anything which is produced. In fact the major part of the real cost is never calculated; and the rest is kept secret."

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

bell hooks

"Within commodity culture, ethnicity becomes spice, seasoning that can liven up the dull dish that is mainstream white culture."

Monday, July 16, 2012

Continenal Philosophy, Simon Critchley

"The problem here is that science is wonderful...Through the work of science's helpmeet, technology, our lives have been transformed and improved to an extent unimaginable to someone from the ancient world, or even our great-grandparents. Yet, despite this - or perhaps because of it - the question of wisdom still nags at us, it still irritates like an appendix we believed we no longer needed. The question is: does scientific knowledge eradicate the need for an answer to the question of the meaning of life?"

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Refashioning Nature, Goodman and Redclift

"Behind the resonance of the English countryside lies a reality of rural social deprivation, a picture which has been obscured, just as the vision of the countryside has been distorted, to reflect the ascendency of new class interests."

Friday, July 13, 2012

Reading break

Today I took a break from reading and helped a friend harvest okra and sunflowers for the farmers market tomorrow.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Political Ecology II: Theorizing Region

"The ecological and geographical conditions of production constrained and enabled capital's ability to mobilize, control, and discipline labor and labor's ability to organize and resist."

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ian Cook, "Geographies of Food: following"

"Stories of food can therefore reveal like any good biography or travelogue, a much bigger story, in the sense that continued attention to the most mundane and intimate acts of people's ordinary lives...can help us understand the big issues of twenty-first-century politics."

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Global Political Ecology

"A full accounting of environmental degradation must powerfully link ecological processes to poverty...but also to the highest levels and concentrations of state and corporate power."

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Doreen Massey

On common understandings of place and culture: "The source of cultural specificity does not lie in spatial isolation and the effects of 'internal' processes...but in interactions with the beyond." Massey thus echoes Gupta and Ferguson's call to "re-think difference through connection."

David Harvey

"It is in practice, hard to see where 'society' begins and 'nature' ends...In a fundamental sense, there is in the final analysis nothing unnatural about New York City."

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Format

Its time for a change. Now that I'm in Charleston and reading consistently for my comprehensive exams - hence, not doing much farm work - I want to try a different blog format. As I spend most of each day reading, I will post an interesting excerpt everyday. It might be insightful, provocative, inspirational, challenging...and perhaps there will even be something funny (although given the nature of my readings, I can't promise that). Many of them will likely pertain to food, agriculture, or the US south. I will mostly refrain from commenting on them, but feel free to yourself. The first shot at this comes from an essay by John Shelton Reed in an edited collection of essays called, Dixie Emporium: Tourism, Foodways, and Consumer Culture in the American South: "In the South blacks and whites have historically eaten at separate tables, but insofar as means allowed they have eaten the same things...And these days, when blacks and whites come together in fellowship, as they do (albeit all too rarely), food usually seems to be involved."