Off Topic: Reaping What we Sow - Food Politics & Policy in America

Sep 9, 2013

Whether we're talking about banning extra large sodas a la Michael Bloomberg, eradicating high fructose corn syrup from our diets, choosing a box labeled organic or putting a greenhouse in our backyard and growing our own food, one thing is certain, food consciousness in America is reaching increasingly loftier heights each day. In this episode of Off Topic we explore the ways in which food is brought to our tables and whether our current industrialized food production model is a sustainable one, economically, environmentally and from a public health perspective. 

In this episode...

 Wenonah Hauter - Executive Director of Food and Water Watch and author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

Ted Conover is an author and journalist. In his piece, "The Way of All Flesh", which appeared in the May 2013 issue of Harpers Magazine, he tells the story of his time undercover as a USDA meat inspector in a Cargill beef plant in Schuyler, Nebraska.

Mike Callicrate is a rancher, food activist, and owner of Ranch Foods Direct.

Rick Hughes is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services for Colorado Springs School District 11. He is in charge of the D-11 Good Food Project, which aims to provide students with healthy, locally-sourced, made-from-scratch food in the district's dining facilities.

Note: Wenonah Hauter, author of Foodopoly, will be presenting a lecture exploring the ways in which agricultural policy is influenced by lobbyists and the effects of this influence on independent farmers and food processors.  Click HERE for more information.

Wenonah Hauter Lecture
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 6:30 to 8pm
Richard F. Celeste Theater
825 N Cascade
AveColorado Springs, CO 80903