[Please check my 'now' page for updates on more recent writing; I have to use my limited wrist power for the actual writing, and not reporting out about it! -- July 2020]
I’ve started a new blog, antidogmatist.com, which includes my recent writing and contributions from friends/colleagues. It is also the platform for my “blogged book” in development: a wide-ranging academically-supported but simply-written guide to food systems (and how to change them for the better).
Since 2009 I have been a regular contributor of essays, reviews, and commentary to Civil Eats, a food politics blog. I have posted some older writings on the In Search of Good Food movie blog. I’ve written pieces (mostly on farming issues) for other publications, including San Francisco Arts Quarterly, Common Ground and the Earth Island Journal.
Some pieces from the past few years:
- On California’s AB 551, the “Urban Agriculture Incentives Zone Act”, a critical report for Food First.
- On Permaculture’s potential within the US farm political-economy, for Civil Eats.
- On the difference between Food Security and Food Sovereignty.
- On civil society tactics towards food sovereignty, using the case of Occupy the Farm (for the 2013 Food Sovereignty conference at Yale University).
- A 2013 report on the founding of the Berkeley Food Institute, for Civil Eats.
- A review of the 2014 documentary film on urban farming Growing Cities.
More recently, I have been entering more seriously into the realm of scholarly writing. I’ve had a single-authored paper (a revision of the above piece on Occupy the Farm) published in a special issue of Globalizations on “Broadening the Land Question” in food sovereignty. Another single-authored paper was published in Third World Quarterly, this time on the “sovereignty” in food sovereignty. I am also a peer reviewer with the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development (where I have also been published), Social Movement Studies, and ACME E-Journal. You can check out more of my scholarly work via my academia.edu profile.
Since I am a fan of free information and distributed (as opposed to controlled) knowledge, I made my senior thesis into a ‘zine. You can download that here if you want to print it; here if you want just the gist of it; and here if you want the whole paper in PDF.
I like Art. I like Politics. And I’m bullheadedly committed to seeing the two intermingle a little more than is usual these days. For that reason, I published San Francisco Art and Politics, a newsprint magazine. I’m down to about 100 copies, for the archive. But if you’d like a physical copy, get in touch.
I also was once involved in a group of silly friends who thought it useful to make a series of zines about us, by us. We called it Family Style Jamboree. You can also find one my early political comics, the 2004 “Peak Oil Tract“, through Family Style’s website.