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Global Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability, Mar 29

Date: Thursday - March 29, 2012
Time: 9:45 AM to 7:30 PM
Location: CCSU

 

              CCSU Event to engage adults, children in Food Sustainability and Agriculture

Media contact:                                                                                                                                                                               

Janice Palmer, CCSU Media Relations 860.832.1791  860.538.2649   palmerj@ccsu.edu                                                                  

Charles Button, PhD Geography Assoc. Professor  860-683-2933  buttonche@ccsu.edu                      

NEW BRITAIN, CT – More people are buying locally produced food, choosing foods produced under more sustainable conditions and growing some of their own food. Driving these changes are concerns about pollution from petroleum-based pesticides and herbicides, honeybee colony collapse disorder, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), human induced climate destabilization, and an increase in the number of people living in poverty.

Connecticut residents, including K-12 students, are invited to learn more about these issues at Central Connecticut State University’s Fifth Annual Global Environmental Sustainability Symposium. “Global Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability” will be held Thurs., March 29th and will offer activities, movies, panel discussions and more, all designed for different age groups. There is no cost for attending any of the events, which are scheduled between 9:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Our goal with this symposium was to engage people of all ages in a discussion about the production and consumption of food – a very timely and important issue,” says event organizer Charles Button, associate professor of Geography and head of CCSU’s Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition, the event sponsor.

The headliner of the event is Connecticut’s own Emily Brooks, founder of Edibles Advocates Alliance and author of How Marketing Influences Sustainable Decisions and Connecticut Farmer and Feast. As an authority on the local food and sustainable agriculture movement, she will speak about how she works with social entrepreneurs who support local agriculture, sustainable farming, and sustainable food systems by supporting their organizational needs.

People concerned about GMOs are urged to attend the panel discussion about the organic farmers’ lawsuit against Monsanto and the GMO labeling efforts in Connecticut. Panelists include Bob Burns, biointensive farmer (one who uses organic agriculture system), Pat Bigelow, nutritionist and founder of the UConn Student Farm, and Bill Duesing, executive director of Northeast Organic Farming Association and a plaintiff in the Monsanto lawsuit.

Other scheduled events include:

A Town Hall meeting on Connecticut policies and goals related to food, conducted by Dr. Daniel Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection;

Orange-cha glad you’re not a Cheeto? will explore the journey an apple and a Cheeto take before being digested;

an interactive session about Remaking the School Lunch;

the interactive puppet show for children, Fernando's Farm, explaining links between the food they eat and its agricultural origin;

the movies FRESH! and Economics of Happiness will be shown throughout the day.  Following the screening of Economics of Happiness, audience members will have the chance to speak with the producer, Helena Norberg-Hodge; and

a free lunch will be provided for people who register in advance.

For a complete list of events taking place at the Sustainability Symposium: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=11065

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The Global Environmental Sustainability Action Coalition (GESAC) of Central Connecticut State University aims to support University and civic leaders, governmental officials, those in business and industry, and all citizens in the implementation of policies and programs that promote a healthy environment, strong economy and a just society for present and future generations.

We seek to educate, empower and motivate the CCSU community; civic, business, and political leaders; and Connecticut residents to embrace our ethical responsibility as global citizens to adopt a sustainable lifestyle.

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