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Ramona Scott- Growing Circle Food Co-op • Ramona Scott, was interviewed and took part in a class discussion at Uvic as a former member of the Growing Circle Food Co-operative (Incorporated: December, 2001). • Membership: 500 members (8 workers, 100 producers, 400 consumer members) • Activity: The Growing Circle Food Cooperative links local consumers with local producers through an organic food store. The co-op promotes community self-sufficiency and local food security by supporting a vibrant local agricultural economy. • The Growing Circle Food Cooperative is a multi-stakeholder co-operative. The three stakeholder classes are workers, consumers, and producers. • Area Served: Salt Spring Island, British Columbiawww.uvic.ca/research/centres/cccbe/resources/galleria/stories/GrowingCircleFoodCooperative.php
Q 1. I noticed that the “Growing Circles FoodCooperatives” management team are all female.1. Underpaid2. Working long hours3. No time for partners4. Used child care space for storage5. Making all these sacrifices to keep the co-op going but is that good leadership?
Q3. What is your experience with masculinities from the traditional and sustainable sectors of agriculture ?• Have more machinery and greenhouses• - Wants to break their group away from the main group of COABC because of philosophical differences• - Wants to start a SLO movement instead of working along with the SLOW Food movement• -Criticizing the rules on embryo transfers without admitting he is not following organic principles• - Uncomfortable with women asking questions in livestock meeting
Q2. In your opinion, can and should feministsinclude a discussion and critique of masculinities in their work?1. How could it be inappropriate- cannot question the Gods?2. Gender roles are learnt and can be unlearnt3. Can we deal with date rate, spread of AIDS, sexual harassment, veiling, honour killing, fathering practices or domestic violence without speaking about masculinity?
Discussion of masculinity• Skirting the issue, changing the discussion to land issues and using up the remaining time.• Men are allowed to discuss women [ladyparts & reproductive health] but are women not allowed to discuss men?• An example of how masculine power is socially constructed?• masculine invisibility• Plural masculinities – hegemonic, complicit,
Ramona Scott: BSE, Avian flu, GMO’s – do mostly women oppose these?• Not only women, Do men who oppose these technologies but who created the lose more status monocultures, than women who intensive oppose them? agriculture, technology ?
Ramona: Why would women WANT to be in the boardrooms under the current system? Gendered Science: A• Anne Ferguson – Gendered science: A Critique of Agricultural critique of development. Women’s Development Anne E. Ferguson perspectives, especially those of poor American Anthropologist women regularly fail to meet the research New Series, Vol. 96, No. 3 and policy agenda. (Sep., 1994), pp. 540-552• If women are not in the boardrooms or doing research why would men change?• Why did she think that women should stay at the community level? So they would not get polluted and corrupted?• Why value having many children in an over-populated world?
Ramona: Can globalization be good? Do we HAVE to participate?• Ramona’s discussio Abstract The alternative agriculture paradigm has been a useful n fit the device to both define and direct a social movement toward a example more sustainable agriculture. But because that paradigm was defined by male movement leaders, it reflects their gendered given in perspective and may be lacking elements that make it more Chiappe useful for both women and men. In-depth interviews of women and involved in sustainable farming organizations and on family Butler farms experimenting with new practices validated the elements Flora of the Beus and Dunlap paradigm: independence,Gendered Elements of decentralization, community, harmony with nature, diversity,the Alternative and restraint, but also suggested the addition of two other elements that the women identified as part of an alternativeAgriculture Paradigm agriculture vision: quality family life and spirituality. The•Marta B. Chiappe1, highly gendered nature of agriculture in the V.S. and Canada,•Comelia Butler Flora2 where male identity is highly conflated with the role of farmeronline: 17 MAR 2011 in the conventional paradigm, may make it more difficult for Rural Sociology men who have just joined the movement to articulate theVolume 63, Issue 3, pages aspects of quality family life and spirituality which the women372–393, September 1998 saw as critical.
Corporations• When corporatization takes over gender disparities can change for better or worse. Consider that there is a continuum of human traits – NOT gendered traits – greed, competitiveness, motivations of profits, power, and control, distance from the personal/human scale/ are the characteristics of large corporations.
beyond the dichotomy of gender• Cosmology class (God trick-Haraway? Beyond all that--- post feminist) refers to the "God-trick" as an un-thinking flight from responsible discourse. By postulating the ability to see like a God or interpret for a God from a position transcendent and outside of lived experience, certain humans flee from the messy responsibilities of argumentation and decision making… an avoidance of accountability• Mary Daly went beyond patriarchal religion and created a non-patriarchal English – but she left behind all those women who have to struggle under increasingly fundamentalist religious structures without her immense knowledge and training – to fend for
Ramona: How locked into the stereotype do we wantto be? Is it no longer useful to explain that agricultureis GENDERED because “girls are not taught to drivetractors?”• How does this address XX’s experience. Her family lost the farm because it was left to her brother who lost it in a divorce. She was not considered a suitable heir yet she is the one who is still farming, her father acknowledged that eventually.• The experience of Mary Alice Johnson and Rebecca Jehn about being taken seriously in their knowledge of their machines.
Evelyn Fox Keller• Until we begin to envisage the possibility of alternative arrangements, the symbolic work of gender remains both silent and inaccessible. And as long as gender is thought to pertain only to women, any question about its role can only be understood as a question about the presence or absence of biologically female persons.