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David Denny Published in Journal

An essay by Dr. David Denny, chair of the culture and media department, titled Food, Sex and Sustainability: A Plea for the Ethical was published in the autumn 2012 issue of Elohi Gadugi Journal.

Elohi Gadugi Jour­nal is a project of Elohi Gadugi, and The Habit of Rainy Nights Press. Their mission is to pro­vide venues for the work of strug­gling writ­ers and artists who use lan­guage as a pri­mary aspect of their art; to pro­mote nar­ra­tives of social and envi­ron­men­tal respon­si­bil­ity, and inter­cul­tural under­stand­ing; and to sup­port the works by or about indige­nous Amer­i­cans, and other mar­gin­al­ized groups in the con­tem­po­rary lit­er­ary world.

An excerpt from Food, Sex and Sustainability:

Is the so called food rev­o­lu­tion really a lib­eral, feel good, mostly elit­ist move­ment? Is buy­ing organic, or duti­fully recy­cling, or going to farmer's mar­kets more about feel­ing good about one­self than it is about engag­ing in a polit­i­cal move­ment that affirms rad­i­cal change? And, finally, and more con­tro­ver­sial, is not the sen­ti­ment that authen­tic rad­i­cal change has to begin with the indi­vid­ual him or her­self, one vote at a time or one con­sumer at a time, not an ide­o­log­i­cal corol­lary to a con­sumer soci­ety that empow­ers that sub­ject by way of the illu­sion of choice? This paper begins with a ges­ture of incred­u­lous­ness that is rem­i­nis­cent of St. Paul and Karl Marx; namely, how can so many well inten­tioned peo­ple be so pro­foundly duped? How can we not see that behind the imme­di­ate grat­i­fi­ca­tion of our vir­tu­ous lit­tle sac­ri­fices lies the mate­r­ial con­di­tions of pro­duc­tive forces whose utter depen­dency on the social rela­tions that it cre­ates is essen­tial to its sur­vival – and that, con­se­quently, the only way out of this inter­locked rela­tion is an eco­nomic and polit­i­cal inter­ven­tion that reg­is­ters some­thing like a real revolution?

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