Ethical Consumerism Through the Looking Glass: The Possibilities and Problems with Fairtrade Banana Cultivation in St. Lucia
Join the Baker Center for our final Energy & Environmental Forum of the semester, which will take place on April 20 at 1:00pm. The forum will be presented by Dr. Caela O’Connell, Assistant Professor from UT’s Department of Anthropology. Her lecture is entitled Ethical Consumerism Through the Looking Glass: The Possibilities and Problems with Fairtrade Banana Cultivation in St. Lucia.
O’Connell currently serves as assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee and conducts research that considers the complex intersections of agricultural communities, environmental conservation, economic development, policy, crises, and disasters. She has been working with farming communities in the Caribbean and Latin America and the United States since 2003. This long-term ethnographic work is the subject of her upcoming book, Digging Deeper: Why Fairtrade won’t realize sustainability for agricultural communities in the era of climate change, which examines the ways climate change compounds ongoing socio-ecological issues of natural resources management, natural hazards, environmental health, food security, and inequality for agricultural communities.
We hope to see you there!