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Food and the legacy of slavery: Jaega Wise and Dan Saladino investigate the hidden story of slavery in our food.

Food and the legacy of slavery: Jaega Wise and Dan Saladino investigate the hidden story of slavery in our food.

DeThe Food Programme


Food and the legacy of slavery: Jaega Wise and Dan Saladino investigate the hidden story of slavery in our food.

DeThe Food Programme

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29 minutes
Sortie:
Aug 16, 2020
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Jaega Wise and Dan Saladino investigate the hidden story of slavery in our food. Between the 17th century and into the 19th, twelve million enslaved Africans were transported to the Caribbean and into the rest of the Americas. Their work transformed industries, including tobacco and cotton, but it was their agricultural labour that made the biggest impact on the world. The modern food system as we know it would not exist without the centuries of the brutal slavery put in place by European powers. The food we eat today, our palates and even the shapes of our bodies, are all a part of the legacy of slavery. And the biggest commodity of all was sugar.

Jaega and Dan tell this story with the help of James Walvin, a writer and academic who has spent fifty years researching the role of slavery in making the modern world. Walvin argues that we still haven't acknowledged this fact, and to move forward we will need to come to terms with this history. The most tangible part of lives is in what we eat and drink; tea, coffee, chocolate, all were ingredients made possible with slavery and all were bitter products made palatable with the sugar of slavery.

Dan also speaks to Michael Twitty, author of the Cooking Gene, and as an African-American cook, someone who has recreated the lives of enslaved people working in kitchens on plantations.

Produced by Dan Saladino.

Photo by Johnathan M. Lewis
Sortie:
Aug 16, 2020
Format:
Épisode du podcast