Chewing the Fat

The Lazarus Events Series for Sustainable Food & Agriculture at Yale, also known as “Chewing the Fat,” is funded through a generous gift from Dr. George and Shelly Lazarus and offers Yale students a chance to learn more about food and farming through guest speakers, culinary workshops, and film screenings. 

People invited to speak as a part of Chewing the Fat represent a range of perspectives on and theories of food systems change, and stretch the bounds of conversations, debates, preconceptions and tropes that  have animated the mainstream “food movement” of years past. Chewing the Fat has been home to practitioners, academics, policymakers, advocates, and activists who generate critical thinking and discussion about food and agriculture, and their relationships to human values, science, and society. Some semesters, the series might be propelled thematically; previous semesters have seen themes such as food law and policy, food and gender, racial justice and food, corporate power and food systems change, and queer food politics. 

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Chewing the Fat Fall 2018 Roster (Event Details Subject to Change): 

Beginning to End Hunger, Pierson College Tea with Dr. M. Jahi Chappell

Thursday, September 27th, 5:00 pm
Leitner House | 231 Park St., New Haven, CT 06511

Dr. M. Jahi Chappell’s new book, Beginning to End Hunger: Food and the Environment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and Beyond, presents the story of Belo Horizonte, home to one of the world’s most successful city food security programs. Since 1993, malnutrition in Belo Horizonte has declined dramatically, allowing it to serve as an inspiration for Brazil’s widely-praised Zero Hunger programs. Join the YSFP, FES, and Pierson College as we host Dr. Chappell for a book conversation and more, discussing the ways in which holistic approaches to food security may promote policies that end hunger, everywhere. For more event details, click here

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences and Pierson College, with support from the Program in Agrarian Studies.

On Shaping China’s Food System, A Conversation with Wanqing Zhou 

Thursday, October 11th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Yale-China Association | 442 Temple St., New Haven, CT 06511

China’s food system is going through changes at an unprecedented speed and scale. Rising demand for animal-based foods—and where they come from—is of global concern, as trends in their production and consumption have elicited profound, multi-faceted impacts. These consequences are interconnected, including but not limited to: public health, climate change, ecosystem degradation, animal welfare, and socioeconomic development. Join us and Wanqing as she discusses how civil groups like hers are responding to these challenges to promote more sustainable systems change. For more event details, click here. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale-China Association. 

Seeds, Flavor, and the Food System, A Conversation with Dan Barber & Michael Mazourek of Row 7 Seed 

Thursday, October 25th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102 | 63 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

Row 7 Seed is the first seed company built on chef-breeder collaboration. Working together, it creates, trials and distributes delicious plant varieties to make an impact in the soil and at the table. It believes flavor can succeed where commodification has failed, that it can change how we eat and, in turn, how we grow. Join us for a conversation on Row 7’s work with two of the company’s co-founders: chef Dan Barber of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and Cornell University professor and plant breeder Michael Mazourek. For more event details, click here.

Eating Animals Screening and Conversation, with Director Christopher Quinn and Caitlin Taylor of MASS Design 

Thursday, October 25th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Linsly-Chittenden Hall Room 102 | 63 High St., New Haven, CT 06511

How much do you know about the food that’s on your plate? Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer, narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, and directed by Christopher Quinn, Eating Animals is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals; the risky use of antibiotics and hormones; and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, commonsense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives. Join us for a screening of the film, followed by a conversation with film director Christopher Quinn, and Caitlin Taylor, director at MASS Design Group. For more event details, click here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Whitney Humanities Center and the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance.