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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Food Activist Raj Patel at The Commonwealth Club

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Food Activist Raj Patel at The Commonwealth Club

Where:  Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street, 2nd Floor

When:  Tuesday, June 12 at 6 PM (Can't make it? Head down to Palo Alto on the 14th where the Cubberly Theater will host the same talk at 7 PM)

Cost: $12 for Commonwealth Club Members, $20 for Non-Members, $7 for Students To buy tickets call 415/597-6705 or register at

The Rundown: Raj Patel is out to answer some big questions. Why is half the world hungry, and the other half obese? Who is behind this discrepancy? Patel will offer some controversial answers at his talk at The Commonwealth Club, many of which he addresses in his books Stuffed and Starved and The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy. An activist and an academic, Patel has certainly done his homework with degrees from Oxford, the London School of Economics and Cornell. Now he is looking to make a difference in the food system that he asserts is manipulated by an elite few. Patel has found first hand that fighting The Man is not just all fun and games. We're excited to hear what this former employee and now vociferous critic of the World Bank has to say. Maybe he'll share the story of why he has been tear-gassed for protesting on four different continents. This could get interesting.   

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