Local Food Roundtable Tonight at UUFCC

From Ed Perry

A Roundtable Discussion About Food: How Our Industrial Food Supply Fuels Climate Change and What We Can Do About It

WHAT:  A gathering of like-minded people to learn about and discuss issues related to climate change, agriculture and clean energy over beverages and hors d’oeuvres.  Please feel free to BYOB or any other beverages, and some small snack to share.  We’ll have a short social half-hour before and after the formal presentations.

WHEN:  Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 – 8:30pm

WHERE:  Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County, 780 Waupelani Drive Extension.

SPEAKERS:

  • Jim Eisenstein, retired Penn State University professor and local food   activist.
  • Dorothy Blair, retired faculty in Nutrition Science, Penn State University
  • Stacey Budd, Outreach Coordinator, Friends and Farmers Cooperative
  • Ed Perry, Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation

While we continue to set monthly and yearly temperature records, thoughtful people are asking questions about what they can do to reduce their carbon footprint.

Agriculture is our nation’s oldest industry and has provided a good life for millions of American families. Paying homage to that history now means changing our behaviors, investing in cleaner ways of tending our fields and recreating a strong alliance between man and Earth to preserve our way of life for future generations.

Because America’s history is so strongly rooted in agriculture, it’s only natural that the agriculture industry be part of the solution to preserve our way of life for future generations.

Failing to take action on climate change will have drastic impacts on our agriculture industry and the families that depend on farming. Unmitigated climate change will cause:

    • Shifts in growing seasons
    • Crop yield reductions
    • Increasingly stressed and unreliable water supplies
    • Decreased livestock growth, reproduction and milk productivity
    • Increases and/or decreases in precipitation will produce more floods and droughts, which could lead to more pests, diseases and weeds.

Industrial agriculture is helping to fuel climate change, so the quicker we move to locally grown food, the better chance we have of avoiding the disastrous effects of climate change.

Our panelists will discuss the problems and solutions we can all adopt.

Bring your questions and enthusiasm.

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