A Monthly Lecture and Discussion Series; 10am Sundays, Borgwardt Hall
April 30, 2017 (Re)Creating Our Resilient Regional Food System – Healing the Rural/Urban Divide Michelle Miller, Associate Director of Programs, UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems
Before refrigerated trucks, the federal highway system and irrigation projects, most of a city’s food came from the region surrounding it. No more. Today, much of our fresh fruit and vegetables are grown on large farms with poor labor conditions, and travel from distant coastal states and Mexico. As this national food supply chain grew, regional food networks withered. We are exploring ways to renew our regional food system so that it can undergird the national system and make it more resilient. These approaches hold promise for supporting entrepreneurial businesses and reconnecting cities with their rural regions.
Michelle Miller is at the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center. A Wisconsin native, she is an economic anthropologist engaged in participatory research with farmers and others who create our food system. Her current projects focus on labor and land tenure, agriculture of the middle and regional food economies, food freight logistics, resiliency and climate change.
As Lutheran Christians, we are called be stewards of God’s creation and to respect the integrity and limits of the earth and its resources. We are called to evaluate food systems and food by their direct, indirect, short-term, and long-term effects on the well being of ALL CREATION and PEOPLE.
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