What's On Your Plate: A Public Forum on Local Food and the Media

Thursday, October 7th, from 4 to 6pm

The UVa Food Collaborative presents "What's On Your Plate: A Public Forum on Local Food and the Media", on Thursday, October 7th, from 4 to 6pm at the new LEED-certified Jefferson Scholars Foundation building at 112 Clarke Court.

This free panel will feature three of today's pre-eminent food writers and thinkers: Marian Burros, food columnist, New York Times and Flavor Magazine; Tom Philpott, food editor, Grist.org; and James McWilliams, author, Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. The panel will be moderated by Benjamin Cohen, historian, agrarian studies scholar, and Food Collaborative coordinator. Be a part of the discussion on alternative agriculture and the media forces that are shaping our perceptions of the sustainable food movement.

A locally sourced reception, highlighting produce from Charlottesville area farms, will immediately follow the forum. The UTS Blue Route and Trolley route both stop directly in front of the building. These are the recommended access points for the event as parking is extremely limited at the Foundation building.

For directions to the Jefferson Scholars Foundation building, visit http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/contact-us/. For other information, visit www.virginia.edu/foodcollaborative.

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Panelist Bios

An award-winning cookbook author and journalist, Marian Burros was a senior staff writer at the New York Times and one time restaurant critic until her retirement in 2008. She is best known for her work in the fields of health and nutrition as well as consumer affairs issues, food safety reporting and sustainable agriculture. She now writes for a number of publications, including Flavor Magazine and the Times, and is covering Michelle Obama’s Childhood Obesity Initiative. She lives in the Washington, DC, area. Find some of here recent writing here.

Tom Philpott is the food editor for Seattle-based Grist.org, and writes the nation’s only weekly column on food politics (called Victual Reality). He is also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Maverick Farms, a sustainable-agriculture nonprofit and small farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Find some of his recent writing here.

James McWilliams is an associate professor of history at Texas State University. He was a fellow at Yale University's Agrarian Studies Program, and is the author of four books, including his most recent Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly. He has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. He lives in Austin, Texas. Find some of his recent writing here.




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