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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 19, 2008

Talk on 'Eating in the 21st Century' will launch new
UW-Green Bay Center

Photo: Jack Kloppenburg, PhD, Professor of Rural Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

GREEN BAY-The new Center for Food in Community and Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will launch with a presentation at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27 on "Resolving the Omnivore's Dilemma: Eating Pleasurably and Sustainably in the 21st Century," by Jack Kloppenburg, UW-Madison faculty member and activist in the area of sustainable food supply.

The event in Mary Ann Cofrin Hall Room 208 on the campus at 2420 Nicolet Dr. is free and open to the public.

Kloppenburg, a professor of rural sociology, envisions an emerging sustainable food system founded on local and regional food production, regional investment of capital, creation of local jobs, the strength of community institutions, and direct democratic participation in the local food economy.

He is a co-director of the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies and an affiliate of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, all at UW-Madison. A second edition of his book, "First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology," was published in 2005. Kloppenburg is a founder and board member of the Research, Education, Action and Policy on Food Group (REAP), a nonprofit organization that publishes an annual "Farm Fresh Atlas"; organizes an annual Food for Thought Festival; has developed the Wisconsin Homegrown Lunch farm-to-school project; and is inaugurating a "Buy Fresh, Buy Local" initiative for southern Wisconsin.

A reception will follow the presentation.

The UW-Green Bay Center for Food in Community and Culture will encourage scholarship on relationships between sustainable food systems and a sound environment, healthy people, and equitable communities. It is co-directed by Professors Lynn Walter, of the Social Change and Development academic unit, and Debra Pearson, of Human Biology.

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