By lambert strether of Corrente.
This is a super presentation by Ray Patel for Michael Pollan’s class at Berkeley, Edible Education 103. The presentation and the question period together come to about an hour, so don’t listen to Morning Edition — if you ever did or even still do — listen to this! Patel starts at 7:20, after Pollan handles administrivia and does an introduction.
There are plenty of charts, but I really enjoy the anecdote on northern Malawi at 43:54 — too long for me to transcribe, so I’ll quote Patel’s closing line:
What makes it really sail is not just the democracy, but the joy which comes through people cooking together as equals and eating together as equals.