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Thanksgiving message from spring Go Big Read speaker

Former U.S. Senator George McGovern has agreed to serve as the keynote speaker for the spring Day on Campus: Food Summit program. Read his thoughts related to global hunger and our relationship with farmers in his recent Sacramento Bee opinion piece: http://www.sacbee.com/1190/story/2350851.html

In it, he references “In Defense of Food” as well as the USDA’s recently announced “Know Your Farmer” program: http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/%21ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2009/09/0440.xml

The Food Summit will be held on Friday, April 23 at Memorial union. For more information on the program visit: http://www.uwalumni.com/home/reunions/alumniweekend/alumniweekend.aspx

Heidi Zoerb
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Can Biotech Cure World Hunger?

The New York Times series “Room for Debate: A Running Commentary on the News” for October 26th is on the topic “Can Biotech Cure World Hunger?” The feature includes commentary on a central question by a group of experts approaching the topic from different perspectives. In this case, Paul Collier, economist, Oxford University; Vandana Shiva, activist and author; Per Pinstrup-Andersen, professor of nutrition and public policy, Cornell; Raj Patel, Institute for Food and Development Policy; Jonathan Foley, University of Minnesota; and Michael J. Roberts, economist, North Carolina State University are the experts.

They address a set of questions that have come up in connection to campus discussions around Go Big Read: What will drive the next Green Revolution? Is genetically modified food an answer to world hunger? Are there other factors that will make a difference in food production?

This Spring, we will wrap up our first year of Go Big Read with a day-long food summit with a number of distinguished speakers. These will be among the topics addressed by a distinguished speaker and UW faculty. Stay tuned for details!

Sarah McDaniel
Go Big Read