Citizen Consumers: Embracing the Possibility of a Democratic Food System

Service Description:

Let’s explore this idea of a Citizen Consumer and what it means to be both a citizen in a democratic society and a consumer of goods, especially the most essential good in our lives –  food.  Our food system is remarkably efficient:  Supermarkets are places of abundance and choice.  And we can purchase food online or in person at a farmer’s market.   The benefits to us as consumers in our food system are many.  Yet the costs are many as well – for people without access to nutritional foods and for farmers locked in a food system that is not democratic at all. 

Speaker Bio:

Elisa Blanchard has been a member of First Parish Stoughton since 2003 and served as RE Coordinator in 2006-2007 and during the pandemic.  She has studied anthropology, environmental policy, and elementary education over the years.  She has been part of a food buying co-operative in Easton for nearly 20 years and currently works for an organization committed to supporting farmers around the world.

NOTE: This service will meet in person and also be broadcast on Zoom. We encourage covid safety protocols, such as distance and wearing a mask, if attending in person. Please attend online if you are experiencing covoid symptoms or if you have been in close contact with someone who has recently tested positive for covid.

Zoom Information:

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