Utopias and dystopias. Upepsia and dyspepsia.

Original paper delivered to 12th Australian Symposium on Gastronomy in 2002. This version delivered at Feast Festival 2003 (?), South Australia.

There’s no getting away from it. Food, sex and politics have been inextricably linked since Adam and Eve dallied with a snake over an apple in the Garden of Eden. In all visions of heavens and hells, earthly and otherwise what we will eat and how we grow and distribute it has a lot to do with who and how we fuck and how we treat each other in the civil, moral and legal spheres. All utopias inevitably are versions of the Garden, and all dystopias are visions of the consequences of our expulsion.

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