Panel Discussion: Local Food: Cultivating an Economy, Industry, or a Movement?

March 6, 2013
1:30 pm-3:00 pm

Campus Center

Room: 165-169

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Kathy Colon

Everyone from school cafeteria workers to First Lady Michelle Obama seems to be talking about local food these days. But is this just an upper-middle class consumption trend, or is a long-term social movement taking root? Is it actually healthier to eat locally grown foods? What role does the food industry have in creating our current food system, and how can industry help to improve our food system?

Please join the Center for Public Policy and Administration for this panel discussion, as three UMass faculty explore these and other issues about local food. Panelists include Nancy Cohen, professor and head of the Nutrition Department; Eric Decker, professor of food science; and John Gerber, professor of sustainable food and farming. M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, will moderate.

This panel is coordinated by the Food Access Research and Engagement (FARE) Partnership. The FARE Partnership convenes scholars, community partners, policymakers and students to create multidisciplinary initiatives that promote healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems, from production to consumption.