#66: Pilar Egüez Guevara – Food Politics, Cultural Appropriation, and Food Anthropology

Pilar Egüez Guevara - Food Politics, Cultural Appropriation, and Food Anthropology

This is episode 66 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Pilar Egüez Guevara. Pilar has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Her research currently focuses on the relationships between nutrition, lifestyle factors and chronic disease among aging populations in Latin America using statistical, historical and ethnographic methods. She is research director and co-founder of Comidas Que Curan (Food and Film Research), an independent education project documenting food traditions and transformations in Ecuador through ethnography and film.

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Episode 66 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 1:20 – What do you do? What particular field of anthropology do you specialize in?
  • 3:00 – What is the “anthropology of food”?
  • 5:45 – What do you mean when you say that people are taking traditional foods and reinventing them as health foods?
  • 9:40 – So are you saying that ideas from Western medicine are causing people to change their traditional diets?
  • 11:50 – Tell us about your project “Comidas Que Curan” (Foods That Cure).
  • 18:30 – You’ve written about the cultural appropriation of quinoa, coconuts, and sugar. What are a few important points for our listeners?
  • 22:50 – You recently did a talk about sugar. What was the talk about?
  • 28:20 – Can you talk about cultural appropriation? What is it and what do people need to know about it?
  • 29:45 – What about cultural appropriation of traditional foods in the manner of Paleo Mexican? Is it the same if a gringo like Scott teaches people to make traditional foods that he finds while traveling? How do we understand and talk about this?
  • 39:15 – Can you talk about fecal transplants?
  • 41:30 – What was your AHS talk about? How was it received? What are takeaways and pearls of wisdom we need to know?
  • 43:50 – What and who were some of your favorites topics and presenters?
  • 47:30 – What do you think about the statement that AHS has done more for ancestral/indigenous communities than the communities themselves?
  • 50:40 – Regarding the AHS, what are a few good points about what they’re doing and what are a few areas of improvement?
  • 53:10 – What’s happening with the anthropology of food and what do you have coming up next?

Show Notes

Comidas Que Curan ( http://comidasquecuran.com.ec/ )

Quinua Queens ( http://quinuaqueens.wordpress.com/ )

First World Guilt and the Gentrification of Coconut in Ecuador ( http://tinyurl.com/lust8qc )

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/