Food Festival weekend at UKZN

2013-11-01 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg campus is playing host to The Food Festival until November 3.

The event — which includes film screenings, demonstrations, field trips, meals and workshops — aims to discuss issues ranging from student hunger and health to genetically modified food and junk food; land rights and farm-worker struggles; how our food is made and how it gets to our plates.

The Food Festival not only looks at what’s happening, and why, but also at practical things people can do. It’s open to students, organisations, UKZN staff, farm workers, people of Maritzburg, and those involved in social movements.

The programme for this weekend is as follows:


• 10 am: film screening for Seeds of Freedom (30 min) and discussion in the Ronald MacMillan lecture hall. Through the voices of African farmers and interviews with leading international experts, such as Vandana Shiva, this film explores how seed has become a commodity used to control the world’s food supply.

• Noon: healthy lunch in the education building tea room with home-made bread, locally sourced cheese and lettuce, an organic crunchie, an organic banana and home-made lemon cordial.

• 2 pm: discussion/seminar on food sovereignty in room 67 of the education building. Speakers will include representatives of La Via Campesina, the global peasants’ movement; Biowatch, an NGO working against GM; and Rural Network and Landless People’s Movement.

• 4.15 pm to 5.30 pm: snacks and live music at the

Varsity Club. Cash bar.


• 9 am to noon: workshops and demonstrations at the Varsity Club. Learn how to make your own cheese, yogurt and bread; how to grow and cook with indigenous vegetables; how to cook with solar heat; and how to grow a vertical garden.

• 12.30 pm: Field trip to visit a food garden in Sobantu, an organic farm and “guerrilla gardens” in the Pietermaritzburg suburbs.


• 10 am: film screening of Food sovereignty (30 min) and discussion in room 67 of the education building. The film was made by the global peasant movement, La Via Campesina, and explains their concept of food sovereignty, as opposed to food security.

• 11 am: student food garden demonstration and


For more details, contact Anne Harley via e-mail at or 033 260 5592/6296.

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