‘To bring food closer to the eater’ (Att ta maten närmare människan) is Jens Almqvist’s undergraduate essay at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. His essay takes a ‘local perspective on the food industry in Malmö and suggests that local food workers, producers and consumers are engaged in resistance to rationalization and globalization. By applying theories of Baumann and Habermas the study discusses how the modern-day relationship to food could be understood.’
Dennis, Rude Food volunteer, on a surplus food rescue round.
Photo courtesy: Alexander Olivera
From the Rude Food archive.
Extracts from Jens’ essay, quoting Rude Foodies:
Heather, chairman of the Rude Food board, who became involved in Rude Food via the dumpster diving movement describes how she was attracted by Rude Food in order to have the opportunity to “engage in food business on a larger level than that of dumpster diving for ones own sake “
Edith, cultural anthropologist, secretary of the Rude Food board, farmer and manager of Gro’Up – a meeting place in Malmö that has the food as a starting point sees no limits to how food can act as an active part of society and describes how she wants to “help us understand food differently.”
Zeenath, socially engaged designer, educator and initiator of Rude Food, describes how “Rude Food is more than just cooking things before they go bad. It’s bigger than that. It’s about asking questions about what’s going on … about the microbial connection stemming from our guts to the global food system.
Read the full essay here.