The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, are proud to present the latest book by Alyshia Gálvez, “Eating NAFTA: Trade, Food Policies, and the Destruction of Mexico.”
About the book:
Mexican cuisine has emerged as a paradox of globalization. Food enthusiasts throughout the world celebrate the humble taco at the same time that Mexicans are eating fewer tortillas and more processed food. Today Mexico is experiencing an epidemic of dietrelated chronic illness. The precipitous rise of obesity and diabetes—attributed to changes in the Mexican diet—has resulted in a public health emergency. In her gripping new book, Alyshia Gálvez exposes how changes in policy following NAFTA have fundamentally altered one of the most basic elements of life in Mexico—sustenance. Mexicans are faced with a food system that favors food security over subsistence agriculture, development over sustainability, market participation over social welfare, and ideologies of self-care over public health. Trade agreements negotiated to improve lives have resulted in unintended consequences for people’s everyday lives.
About the author:
Alyshia Gálvez is Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She is the author of Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants and Patient Citizens, Immigrant Mothers: Mexican Women, Public Prenatal Care, and the Birth-weight Paradox.
Melissa Fuster is an Assistant Professor in Public Health Nutrition at the City University of New York Brooklyn College and a Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Her research addresses the historical, social and cultural factors surrounding food selection and consumption, and the policies implemented to address them. She holds a doctoral degree in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, where she examined healthy eating perceptions among food insecure Salvadoran communities. Prior to joining CUNY, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Food Studies at New York University. In this role, she investigated the sociopolitical and cultural factors affecting culinary and nutritional outcomes in the Spanish Caribbean region and its transnational, diaspora communities in the US, forming the basis of her first book project. Her current work examines food environment policies and interventions to encourage healthy eating behaviors in New York City and Latin America.
Mireya Loza is an Assistant Professor of Food Studies in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies. She earned her doctorate in American Studies and an M.A. in Public Humanities at Brown University. In addition, she holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Her areas of research include Latinx History, Social Movements, Labor History and Food Studies. Her book, Defiant Braceros: How Migrant Workers Fought for Racial, Sexual and Political Freedom (UNC Press), examines the Bracero Program and how guest workers negotiated the intricacies of indigeneity, intimacy, and transnational organizing. She is currently carrying out research for her second book project tentatively title, The Strangeness and Bitterness of Plenty: Making Food and Seeing Race in the Agricultural West, 1942-1965.
Krishnendu Ray is the Chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies at NYU. He was a faculty member and the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts at The Culinary Institute of America. He is the author of The Migrant’s Table (2004), The Ethnic Restaurateur (2016), and the co-editor of Curried Cultures: Globalization, Food and South Asia (2012). He is currently the President of the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS). His most recent work is on street vending in global cities with attention to questions of law, livelihood, and liveliness of cities.
This event is free and open to the public. ID is required to access the building. The conversation will be held in English.