Finding Food in Farm Country — Why it Matters for our Health and Wealth

Thursday, Sept. 8, 12-1 p.m.

Joslin Atrium, Memorial Center

Speaker: Ken Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center

Grab your lunch (and questions) and join us for an enlightening talk by Ken Meter, one of the leading food systems analysts in the U.S. He has conducted economic analyses of food and farm economies in over 63 regions in 27 states. His recent analysis of Central Illinois for the Edible Economy Project (pdf) reveals that our current food and farm economy effectively exports large amounts of wealth away from the region, while our residents spend substantial amounts of money on food imported from elsewhere. He will briefly share his research results, highlighting why shifting to local foods matters to our community’s health and wealth.

This brown bag lunch talk is part of Illinois Wesleyan’s “What We Eat. Why It Matters” fall symposium.

For more information, contact Visiting Associate Professor of Health and Environmental Studies Laurine Brown or Assistant Professor of Nursing Lisabeth