007: Grammars of the Palate

For this week’s episode, Matt & Jesse transition away from talking about which man-made myths must be stripped out from the the mixtape for the future (“The Poison Pyramid”) or what should just be ignored while they haplessly spiral in the drain (“The Circle”). Instead, our co-hosts will introduce a new idea-shape “The Golden Square,” which is comprised of the four most essential tracks in our shared mixtape for the future. All too often, the notion of rights in nation-states don’t acknowledge the fundamental requirements of a just society, but our Golden Square is composed of four tracks that are essential for our shared future. The first fundamental and most immediate cornerstone of this square, and one we would be hard-pressed to ignore is the universal right to food.

Mentioned on this episode:

Racial & Economic Divides in D.C. Grocery Stores

David Love & Vijay Das in Civil Eats: “America’s Food Deserts Need Community Efforts, Not Big Box Stores”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Difference Between Positive and Negative Rights

The Difference Between Positive and Negative Liberty

Abraham Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs

The Life & Work of the Social & Political Theorist Isaiah Berlin

A Historical Overview of the U.S. Military Budget: 600 Billion & Counting

How America Went from the Gold Standard to Becoming a Fiat Currency

David Graeber’s Debt: A 5,000 Year History

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel

James Durston in CNN: “Airline ‘Fat Tax’: Should Heavy Passengers Pay More?”

Disneyland Had to Revamp It's a Small World Boats for Heavier Passengers

Anohni's Belief in Wicca, Feminism and Obama’s Drone Presidency

Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests

Food Loss and Waste in the US: The Science Behind the Supply Chain

These 10 companies make a lot of the food we buy.

Corn Flakes Were Part of an Anti-Masturbation Crusade

Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Replication crisis

José Bové vs. McDonald's

Livestock and Climate Change

California’s Drought — Who’s Really Using all the Water?

Cowspiracy a film by Kip Anderson

Veganism & The Environment: by the numbers

Playing God in the Garden By Michael Pollan

7-Day Juice Challenge

Forks Over Knives

Food, Inc.