What do a half-billion eggs have to do with democracy? The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.
While scores of brands have been recalled, they all can be traced back to just two egg farms. Our food supply is increasingly in the hands of larger and larger companies, which wield enormous power in our political process. As with the food industry, so, too, is it with oil and with banks: Giant corporations, some with budgets larger than most nations, are controlling our health, our environment, our economy and increasingly, our elections.
It's an unusual Friday night at Grinder, a small coffee shop in Toronto. There is an alien in someone's cup, hearts in another and someone else sees their face in their mug.
What's even stranger is how local artists replaced paintbrushes and pencils with milk and cinnamon powder. The cause of this madness is an event called "Medium: Coffee Live Latte Art for Non-Latte Artists."
What these five artists did is part of the MakerCulture movement, the idea of taking things into your own hands, and producing new objects.
"It was different," says Abra Dolman, a participating artist. "I can't say I've ever used coffee, espresso, or milk as a medium before."
The LeftWords Festival of Books and Ideas is a free public event that celebrates and promotes the work of Canadian and international writers and thinkers - especially those whose works appear in books and magazines by Canadian independent publishers. Canadian authors will be on hand for presentations on topics such as food security, women in a globalizing world, health activism and disability, plus the launch of the Socialist Register 2013. Canadian book publishers, booksellers and magazines will be on hand with great deals.
The Oakham House Café will be open and selling fair trade organic coffee, great sandwiches, and snacks.
How does industrial food influence the way we eat?
What are communities around the world doing to respond to this challenge?
Can we restore a healthy and just food system?
How is public consciousness around food changing?