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Strawberry fields, maybe not forever

Deep red strawberries filling the frame

In most parts of the country, strawberries are only available 2 or 3 weeks of the year. In some parts of California they can be harvested 8 months of the year. (Sharon Mollerus / Wikimedia Commons)

Julie Guthman on Strawberries

“If I look back at all of my research, I think that, I find myself really drawn to paradoxes and contradictions and impossibilities.”

This week on our show, we share a second listen to our 2019 conversation with Julie Guthman, a food scholar who has never been afraid to challenge the conventional thinking on any topic she has tackled.

Julie Guthman is a professor of Social Sciences at UC Santa Cruz with affiliations in Community Studies, Sociology, Environmental Studies and Feminist Studies. She's the author of Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in CaliforniaWeighing In: Obesity, Food Justice and the Limits of Capitalism, and articles like "Can't Stomach It: How Micheal Pollan et al. Makes Me Want to Eat Cheetos."

We talk with her about her research on the strawberry industry. Her book Wilted: Pathogens, Chemicals, and the Fragile Future of the Stawberry Industry was released in the spring of 2019 from The University of California Press.

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