“We’re losing control of our food system,” says Michael S. Carolan, sociologist and author of The Food Sharing Revolution. For today’s episode, Patty speaks with Michael about his research on the role of food in the sharing economy. They talk about food production—and how corporations are consolidating the food system—along with food consumption, including cultures of eating and practices like table sharing.
Michael S. Carolan is a professor of sociology at Colorado State University. His areas of expertise include environmental and agricultural law and policy, environmental sociology, and the sociology of food systems and agriculture. He is the author of many books, including The Real Cost of Cheap Food (2011), The Sociology of Food and Agriculture (2012), Reclaiming Food Security (2013), No One Eats Alone: Food as Social Enterprise (2017), and The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops are Changing the Way We Eat (2018).