Rami Zurayk is professor of Ecosystem Management in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the American University of Beirut (AUB), and author of Food, Farming and Freedom: Sowing the Arab Spring, and War Diary: Lebanon 2006, among other titles. He is a longtime activist for political and social justice. Zurayk's current research focuses on the relationship between landscapes and livelihoods, on food politics, and on local food systems. After the July 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, he created a post-war development program, Land and People, to aid in livelihood recovery. He blogs at "Land and People" and tweets at @ramizurayk.