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Oct. 11, 2011
Steve Rottinghaus, Baker University public relations director, (785) 594-8330 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Baker University to feature distinguished professor as part of Real Food Week

Baldwin City, Kan. — Cornelia Flora, distinguished professor of agriculture and sociology at Iowa State University, will discuss climate change, food security and food sovereignty on Sunday, Oct. 23, as part of Baker University’s participation in the Real Food Challenge National Food Day. The event is 7:30 p.m. at Rice Auditorium on the Baldwin City campus.Baker-0979

Flora, whose research interests include international and domestic development, community, and the sociology of science and technology, particularly as related to agriculture and participatory change, will base her speech on a five-country case study that she did in partnership with the World Bank.

Her current research on persistent poverty communities explores the impact of investments by government and private foundations on community-driven holistic sustainability.

Flora earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California-Berkley and master’s degree and doctorate from Cornell University.

The Real Food Challenge initiatives include leveraging the power of youth and universities to create a healthy, fair and green food system; shifting $1 billion of existing university food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food and toward local/community-based, fair, ecologically sound and humane food sources by 2020; maintaining a national network of student food activists; and providing opportunities for networking, learning and leadership development for thousands of emerging leaders.

Here is Baker University’s Real Food Week Schedule:

Sunday, Oct. 23

2 p.m., Harter Union lobby: Baker Serves, a community service organization, presents Numana SWIPE Out Hunger food packaging event for 20,000 school meals and for Haitian relief, Harter Union lobby

5 p.m., Harter Union Dining Hall: OXFAM hunger banquet featuring recent Baker graduate and food activist Blain Snipstal, and Marta Chiappe, a sociology faculty member at Universidad de la Republica in Uruguay

7:30 p.m., Rice Auditorium: Cornelia Flora, Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology at Iowa State University

Monday, Oct. 24

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Harter Union lobby: Real Food Information Fair, featuring local organic farmers, diet and disease specialists, food activists, Baker Farm Hands, Baldwin Food Pantry representative, dining services purchaser

9 p.m., Owens Audio-Visual Room: Movie showing, “Dirt”

Tuesday, Oct. 25

11 a.m., Mabee 100: Workshop on sustainable growing practices, presented by Steve Pierce and Matt Williams

Thursday, Oct. 27

5 p.m., Allen Dining Hall: Virtual Farm Tour featuring many local growers and producers

Friday, Oct. 28

Noon, Harter Union lobby: Speech Choir performance on real food topics

Saturday, Oct. 29

Baker Farm Hands organized service projects at local farms


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