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Film, speaker to focus on sustainable foods, economic recovery

May 6, 2013

The film, “Homegrown Revolution,” looks at a Pasadena, Calif., family’s urban homestead and how it produced three tons of organic food in a garden that takes up just one-tenth of an acre.

Afterward, Ken Meter will present on “The Role of Local Foods in Economic Recovery.” Meter is a leading U.S. food system analyst who specializes in integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking and social concerns.

The event, part of the Food for Thought Film and Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

As president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Meter has 41 years of experience. His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 95 regions, 32 states and one Canadian province.

As coordinator of public process for the Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided more than 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city, including sustainability measures. He served as an adviser for the USDA Community Food Projects and serves as a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota and at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Film for Thought series is co-sponsored by UW-Stout’s Ally Initiatives, Center for Applied Ethics, University Library, Menomonie Market Food Co-op, Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association, UW-Stout Parking and Transportation, Organic Valley, Xcel Energy, Dunn County Energy Cooperative, Cedar Corp, Lucette Brewery, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service, Dunn County Environmental Services, Raw Deal and Waterfront Bar & Grill.

For the complete Food for Thought schedule, go to the website.

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