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LFC Newsletter > November 8, 2008 November 8, 2008

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Things to look for in this issue:

1. Attend a Lecture about the Connection Between Your Health and the Food You Eat

2. Low-Income Access to Local Food in the News

3. The Untold Costs of Animal Confinement Facilities

4. The Community Food Security Coalition in Oregon profiles Local Foods Connection!

5. Donate to Local Foods Connection Online

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1. Attend a Lecture about the Connection Between Your Health and the Food You Eat

“Sustaining Iowa: Making the Connection between Food, Health and the Land” http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/events/Maring_events.pdf

Three presentations by Dr. Preston Maring, Associate Physician-in-Chief, Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, California; W.K. Kellogg Foundation Food and Society Policy Fellow

“What you eat is one of the most important determinants of your health”

Dr. Maring has worked to bring healthy, sustainably-produced food to his patients, hospital employees and neighbors. He has become a leading advocate in the medical community for local and sustainable food systems. His presentation will focus on the economic, health, community and environmental benefits of local and sustainable food. At each location, his presentation will be followed by a respondent who will share Iowa stories of these benefits.

— Monday, November 10, 2008, Noon

140 Schaeffer Hall, U of I, Iowa City

Contact: David Riley, (319) 335-4016

— Monday, November 10, 2008, 7:30 p.m.

Commons Ball Room, UNI, Cedar Falls

Contact: Kamyar Enshayan, (319) 273-7575

— Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 7 p.m.

2050 Agronomy, ISU, Ames

Contact: Rich Pirog, (515) 294-1854
This event is sponsored by:

Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University

Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, University of Iowa

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2. Low-Income Access to Local Food in the News

The Slow Food USA Magazine, “The Snail: All the Food That’s Fit to Print” Issue 7, Fall 2008. From “A Letter from the National Office” by Executive Director Erika Lesser http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/slow_food/the_snail/

“One of the greatest challenges that Slow Food faces-that everyone in the food movement faces-lies in closing the gap between what it takes to produce truly good, clean and fair food, and what it takes to buy it. Farmers should not need to take a vow of poverty to farm sustainably, and low-income people should not need to choose between healthcare and healthy food, yet both injustices occur everyday.”

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3. The Untold Costs of Animal Confinement Facilities

The Union of Concerned Scientists Magazine “Catalyst.” From “The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs)” by Doug Gurian-Sherman http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/cafos-uncovered.pdf

“Over the past several decades, U.S. livestock production has taken an unwise and costly turn. Until recently, food animals and crops were produced in an integrated, self-sustaining way that often had benefits for farmers and society as a whole. But the way we produce meat and dairy products has undergone a profound transformation that has disrupted this balanced system. CAFOs impose high costs on our society and economy, contribution to air and water pollution, antibiotic-resistant illnesses, and poorer quality of life in rural areas.”

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4. The Community Food Security Coalition in Oregon profiles Local Foods Connection!

The Community Food Security Coalition profiles Local Foods Connection in its November 2008 Newsletter “The Grapevine.” http://campaign-archive.com/?u=923d8af6802cd35b0a1f16530&id=b495e8ccc9&e=qdiNn9CE88#MP

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to building strong, sustainable, local and regional food systems that ensure access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food for all people at all times. They seek to develop self-reliance among all communities in obtaining their food and to create a system of growing, manufacturing, processing, making available, and selling food that is regionally based and grounded in the principles of justice, democracy, and sustainability.

Learn more about this incredible organization at: http://www.foodsecurity.org

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5. Donate to Local Foods Connection Online at:

http://www.localfoodsconnection.org/contribute/donate.html

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