It turns out that Akila is in the States not only to teach a round of classes, but is looking for a more local supplier of buckwheat to use in making his soba here. This Washington State paper published an article today about some of their journey, and conversations with WA farmers.
So, the organizer of Tuesday’s event told me that the basic theme of the 2 talks is the “industrial food structure.” It’s part of a series of talks on various kinds of infrastructure. Here is a chapter of Michael Pollan’s book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, on industrial feedlots & ranching.It will give you a frame, or 3 frames, really, to customize it for OUR class and the questions we have been pursuing–
1) what industrial farming is, and how industrial ranching is part of that package;
2) how American his example is (or occasionally global), which may prompt you to reflect on what you have learned about Japanese contexts;
3) how our practice of local gardening differs in significant ways (magnitude, labor and skills, nutrition, variability, sustainability, social life, etc.) from this Hulk of an industrial model.