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October 17, 2008

Kentucky Conference Focuses On the Politics of Food

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The Ninth annual Healthy Foods, Local Farms Conference was held at the University of Louisville this September, sponsored by the Sierra Club and a host of other state and local organizations. The conference, which generated substantial local media coverage, promotes local farm economies and shows how they benefit economic development, communities, and the environment while providing safe, healthy food for our families.

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This year's theme was "The Politics of Food," a connection that has been propounded for years by Kentucky author, activist, and farmer Wendell Berry (above and at top, with keynote speaker Daniel Imhoff). Berry has written that eating is an agricultural act, and that "Agro-insustrialists" stand in opposition to true farmers.

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Some three hundred attendees networked, attended breakout sessions, and listened to speakers including author Christopher Cook (above left); restaurateur and Fair Food founder Judy Wicks (above center); and Imhoff (above right), writer and researcher about food, the environment, and design.

"After nine years, we've seen many of the goals of this conference realized, especially the networking and increased accessibility to local foods, and more demand for locally grown food" says conference organizer and Sierra Club staffer Aloma Dew, below. "The conference has been a model for other groups who now serve local food at their events and have made the environmental and economic effects of our food system a major part of their work."

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