Interface Presents, a Special Event Open to the Public:
Around the Table:
"EXPLORING The SPIRITUAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS
of FOOD POLITICS"
Guest Speakers: Dave Wann, David Georgis, Kipp Nash & Amy Telligman
Facilitated by Rev. Stanley Adamson
Saturday, April 25th, 2009
Noon to 3 p.m.
$15 (Includes Lunch)
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3700 Baseline Road, Boulder, Colorado 80303
Register Now to Reserve Your Seat at the Table!
(Registration Deadline: Noon, Monday, April 20th, 2009)
About the Presentation:
Food is increasingly a hot-button political issue, with issues of nutrition, relocalization, the economics of the global food industry, relationship of food to physical, social and spiritual well-being.
This special event will start with a meal at Noon, presentations and tours of St. Andrew's gardens, and a panel discussion featuring the four voices. Spiritual, emotional and psychological elements of commensality and the politics of the food supply system will be discussed. There will be ample opportunity for dialogue with the four panelists. We encourage therapists, clergy, and others concerned about these issues to join us for this innovative forum.
Topics the speakers plan to address:
• Dave Wann plans to present "Let Them Eat Dirt" which focuses on the breakdown of cultural dietary traditions in the U.S. The underlying purpose of a culture is to mentor its members and moderate excess, but when cultures are abused and dismantled by obsessive profit-taking, we don't know what to eat. We consume 120 grams of protein a day when 40 are all we need; 4,000 calories a day when 2,500 is more than enough. The U.S. spends the least for food of any industrial nation, as a percentage of income, but the most for health care. The connection is right in our faces, and the potentials for doing something about it are incredibly exciting."
• Dave Georgis will focus on global implications on subsistence communities. Dave spent time in Misminay, Peru, last year. "The people there had nothing but mud huts, their animals, and the land around them. But they had dignity and the ability to survive by producing their own food, surrounded by their village community and the beauty of their land (and amazing mountains!). Current food policy and corporate aspirations drive people away from that self sufficiency and ultimately, the empowerment of self determination. Whether it is in an affluent society like ours, or a subsistence community like in Misminay, a direct connection to our food and the community that exists around food production and consumption is vital to an inner sense of well being.
• Kipp Nash is founder and director of Community Roots, and will talk about neighborhood supported agriculture and its implications for spiritual and psychological well-being.
• Amy Telligman will be talking about food choices from the perspective of a consumer, a citizen, and a person of faith. The subject of her research is local and sustainable food systems. As a student she works with the campus Environmental Center as the Sustainable Foods Coordinator and has worked to bring sustainable foods to campus.
About the Panelists:
||Dave Wann (www.davewann.com) is a co-author of the best-seller Affluenza: the All-consuming Epidemic (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2nd. ed. 2005). He is President of the Sustainable Futures Society; a board member of the Cohousing Association of the U.S.; a fellow of the Simplicity Forum; and recipient of various lifetime achievement awards for his work on sustainability. He’s been a passionate gardener for 25 years and now coordinates a neighborhood garden in the cohousing community in which he’s lived for 11 years Harmony Village in Golden, Colorado. His most recent book is Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth In a Sustainable Lifestyle (New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2007).
Dave Georgis “Founded the organization, Everybody Eats! Everybody Eats! works on sustainable food issues and currently has two campaigns:
Boulder Food Summit is a project that will bring together people and organizations working on food issues to begin a long term planning process for our local food system.
Community Food Incubator is a project to foster new food and farming production in our community. This will involve the leasing of local farm land for demonstration, education, community gathering and farming for low income and underserved community members.
||Kipp Nash is the "Grower" for Community Roots Neighborhood Farms (www.communityrootsboulder.com) and an innovator in the "Boulder Going Local" consortium of producers, retailers and others who are promoting the relocalization movement in Boulder County (www.bouldercountygoinglocal.com) Kipp has turned numerous former lawns into productive gardens and farms, encouraging homeowners to replace decorative grass and shrubs with food-producing gardens, and transforming blocks and neighborhoods all over Boulder. Kipp is committed to changing how we view and produce food locally, and to promoting local, organic, sustainable agriculture. He has one of his community garden plots at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, along with other community gardeners.
||Amy Telligman is a graduate student in Environmental Studies at CU with a research focus on local and sustainable food systems. As a student she works with the campus Environmental Center as the Sustainable Foods Coordinator and has worked to bring sustainable foods to campus.
||Rev. Stanley E. Adamson, D.Min. grew up in southern California, where he was a graduate of the UCLA Film School in 1970. During his time at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, he served as Youth Director of the Japanese Union Church of Los Angeles, a union Presbyterian and United Church of Christ congregation, and as a lay assistant at Sherman Oaks Presbyterian Church. He began his ordained ministry in Jetmore, Kansas, where he served 1973-1980. While there he also served the Synods of Mid-America as Moderator of the Advisory Council on Church and Society. He was a commissioner to the General Assemby of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America in Cincinnati in 1980. He served 1st Presbyterian Church of Halstead, Kansas, 1980-1987, and since 1987 has been Pastor of St. Andrew Church in Boulder, Colorado. Dr. Adamson holds the Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a specialization in Church Revitalization. He is a past Moderator of the Presbytery of Plains and Peaks.
For further reading:
Dave Wann's books: www.davewann.com/books_articles.html
"Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health" (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002)
Recommended Reading by Amy Telligman:
The Pleasure of Eating, by Wendell Berry
In this essay, esteemed poet, author and farmer Wendell Berry, answers the question often posed to him after finishing a lecture on the decline of American farming and rural life, “What can city people do?”
Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread, by Michael Schut
Food & Faith is a compilation of essays that encourages us to consider the meaning of our meals.Schut explores the ways in which eating, procuring and growing food can be considered sacramental moments in everyday life and are opportunities for ushering in “the holy” into everyday life.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, by Barbara Kingsolver with Steven Hopp and Camille Kingsolver
In Animal, Vegetable, Miracle Barbara Kingsolver tells the story of how her family changed by deliberately eating food produced in the place where they live.
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: The Food Buyer’s Guide to Farm-Fresh Food, by Joel Salatin
In Holy Cows and Hog Heaven, the self-described “christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic farmer,” Joel Salatin offers practical advice on how an individual as food buyers can make positive choices in the face of industrial agriculture.
Coming Home to Eat: The Pleasures and Politics of Local Foods, by Gary Paul Nabhan
Coming Home to Eat is a book about the celebration of food and the essential cultural relations we have to have to the foods that nourish us.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan
In Defense of Food is an argument for an alternative way of eating that is rooted in traditions and ecology of well-grown unprocessed foods rather than the highly processed stuff too many of eat alone, in front of the tv or in the car.
Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan
Questioning what one should have for dinner, the Omnivore’s Dilemma traces the path of three food chains: industrial food, organic or alternative food and food we forage ourselves.
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, by Marion Nestle
Food Politics is a book that explores the impact of the food industry on the nation’s health and provides a detailed account of the politics behind America’s dietary guidelines.
More Websites of interest:
Presbyterian Church (USA) Food and Faith: www.pcusa.org/food
Boulder County Farmers Markets: www.boulderfarmers.org
Slow Food Boulder: www.slowfoodboulder.org
Boulder County’s Eat Local Resource Guide: www.eatlocalguide.com/home.html
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