Rosie Cox

Dirty celery tastes better

Important nutrition or the vehicle for pathogen? Food maintains an ambivalent relationship with hygiene, the evaluation of dirty or clean is determined through centuries of cultural practice. Food transgresses the hygienic line of demarcation between the self and the outside carrying threats of contamination and defilement. Contemporary food scares, such as the threat of »mad cow« disease, Salmonella or E-Coli all raise the spectacle of our food not being as clean as we would like it to be. Scandals about the levels of food waste in the richest countries of the world suggest that food itself has become dirt.

Looking at research findings from consumers of alternative food co-ops, and the notion of »dirty« veggies. Rosie Cox will instigate new considerations of dirt and the possibilities to develop ethical positions of concern for our fellow man and the environment, as well as a reconsideration of traditional practices. When cleanliness is associated with modernity and capitalism, dirt can take on positive attributes, representing time-honoured ways of life, closer and more equitable social relationships and respect for the natural environment.

Lecture in English - 11 June 2015, 6.30 pm