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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Local, global food issues on menu for UNC-Duke symposium

Since food security and the future of farming are daily concerns in many North Carolina communities, local and global food issues will be on the menu at “Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies.”

The symposium takes place at Carolina from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 28, and at Duke University from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 29.

Keynote addresses will be presented by award-winning food journalist and farmer Tom Philpott of Mother Jones magazine and by Will Allen, founder and executive director of Growing Power in Milwaukee. Events are free and open to the public, but space is limited, so participants are asked to register in advance at Registration has closed for the Feb. 28 keynote event and Feb. 29 lunch.

Feb. 28 topics (at UNC’s Hyde Hall) include:

Food, technology and politics internationally and in Europe; food security, sustainable food systems and global change; does it matter where my food comes from; and food or fuel in South America, Africa and the United States.

Feb. 29 topics (in Duke’s Bryan University Center) include:

Voices of the Triangle food movement in our universities; Farm Bill 2012; farming in North Carolina; food and humanities, culture and faith; and food access in our communities.

Each day concludes with a keynote address. On Feb. 28, Philpott will discuss factors that affect the world’s ability to feed its population sustainably in the years to come. On Feb. 29, Allen will discuss the challenge of providing food security for urban and disadvantaged communities.

For more information and a schedule, see