Meredith’s Master of Science in Nutrition program sponsored “Envisioning Healthy Foodsheds: Why Local Can’t Trump Organic” on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.
Philip Ackerman-Leist, the author of Rebuilding the Foodshed, was the featured speaker. He is a professor of sustainable agriculture and food systems at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, where he established the college farm in 1997 and is currently the director of the GMC Farm & Food Project. Ackerman-Leist is a native North Carolinian whose mother and sister both graduated from Meredith.
Ackerman-Leist tackled the misguided mantra that “local trumps organic.” In addition to sharing perspectives from various foodshed initiatives around the U.S., he shared some thoughts from his newest book project, focused on the first municipality in the world to ban pesticides through a public referendum process. There was also a panel of local experts to provide reaction and to answer questions after the keynote address.