Annual Conference: Agriculture for Life

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November 3, 2011

9:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 8:00 A.M.)
PARENTS HALL, OLMSTED CENTER, DRAKE UNIVERSITY
2875 UNIVERSITY AVENUE, DES MOINES, IOWA

Author of Diet for a Small Planet, Frances Moore Lappé, has traveled the world learning and sharing what she has learned about food and empowering people and communities. Be inspired by Lappé and others working to mend unintended, negative consequences of industrial agriculture on our land, water and air. Learn how you can help support a new Agriculture for Life in Iowa.

 

Frances_Moore_LappeKEYNOTE BY FRANCES MOORE LAPPE’

Eco Mind: Changing the Way we Think to Create the World We Want

Frances Moore LappĂ©’s extraordinary best selling book, Diet for a Small Planet, taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating. Moore LappĂ© will focus her conference lecture on concepts from her new book to be released in October. The highly anticipated EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think to Create the World We Want—described by Jane Goodall as “powerful and inspiring”–has been selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s top ten science books for Fall 2011.

Using food-related examples, Moore Lappé will argue that finding our power to make change requires a shift in one’s mental map from one focused on things to focusing on relationships of power. It means a shift from a frame of deficits to a frame of possibility. Lappé dismantles seven common “thought traps”—from limits to growth to the failings of democracy— that belie what we now know about nature, including our own, and offers contrasting “thought leaps” that reveal our hidden power.

Other conference speakers will build on Moore Lappé’s inspiration to reveal ways that Iowans are working to mend the unintended, negative consequences of industrial agriculture on our planet’s natural resources and how Iowans can help create “Agriculture for Life.”

Ricardo-Salvador

 

RICARDO SALVADOR

Iowa Fields and Food Policy: Good Intentions and Unintended Consequences

Ricardo Salvador will provide a historical overview of farming in Iowa and U.S. food policy—intentions, successes, and unintended negative effects on Iowa’s people, communities and our natural resources.

Dr. Ricardo J. Salvador is a program officer at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. Ricardo’s primary activities involve co-leading the place based work in New Mexico and the Foundation’s Food & Community Program, a change strategy to support transformation of the U.S. food system into one that provides “Good Food,” that which is healthy, green, fair and affordable for vulnerable communities and their children. In addition, he partners with colleagues to create and support programs that address the connections of food with health, environment, economic development, sovereignty and social justice. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2007, Ricardo was on the Agronomy faculty at Iowa State University (1988 – 2006), where he taught and conducted research in cropping systems and sustainable agriculture. READ MORE HERE.

 

SEE RIGHT SIDEBAR FOR REGISTRATION AND MORE INFORMATION

 

Members Meeting Begins at 7:30 a.m., November 3

PLAN TO COME EARLY TO LEARN ABOUT OUR WORK AND SHARE YOUR IDEAS

ONCE INSIDE THE OLMSTED CENTER, LOOK FOR DIRECTIONS TO THE MEETING ROOM

If you’ve registered for our conference, you’re a member of the Iowa Environmental Council! This annual meeting gives members an opportunity to meet our board members and to share their ideas for future directions of the Council. We hope you’ll join us for coffee and conversation.

 

Food images donated by Iowa photographer Diann Evans.