This episode of Meant to be Eaten was produced in collaboration with Gastronomica Journal.

Melissa Fuster, from Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies, is in for Coral Lee.

A conversation with Chhaya Kolavalli.

The local food movement has been criticized for its overwhelming whiteness. How has the movement responded to these critiques? And what are the implications of these responses? Chhaya Kolavalli confronts whiteness in Kansas City’s local food movement, examining diversity work and discourses of privilege and power. Chhaya Kolavalli is the assistant director of the Center
for Equality and Social Justice at the University of Kentucky. Her research intersects whiteness, race, and class-based inequality, specifically exploring politics of sustainable, equitable redevelopment in US cities.

Photo courtesy of Chhaya Kolavalli.

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