An Attempt at Democracy or Manifest Destiny?

Wes Jackson: Lincoln and the Homestead Act

Date and time of event: 02/12/2009 - 6:30pm
Location: Central Library
Related Reading: 
Abraham Lincoln: Life & Legacy

On the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birthday, the Library welcomes Dr. Wes Jackson for a discussion titled Lincoln and the Homestead Act: An Attempt at Democracy or Manifest Destiny? on Thursday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.

Jackson will discuss the intended purpose of the Homestead Act, what worked, what didn’t, and how and why homesteading ultimately ended.

Jackson is president of The Land Insitute, based in Salina, Kansas. His writings include papers and books. His most recent work – The Virtues of Ignorance: Complexity, Sustainability, and the Limits of Knowledge – was co-edited with William Vitek and released by the University of Kentucky Press in 2008. Jackson received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas Wesleyan, his master’s from the University of Kansas and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. In the November 2005 issue, Smithsonian named Jackson one of “35 Who Made a Difference.”

The work of the Land Institute has been featured in The Atlantic Monthly, Audubon, National Geographic, Time Magazine, the MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is available in the Library District Parking Garage at 10th and Baltimore.

Healthy Food Policy Forum - American Royal Center - KCMO - THURSDAY 9am-3:30pm

2009 Healthy Food Policy Forum
sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and KC Healthy Kids
Description: The food system plays a central role in the health of our citizens. It dictates access, quality, affordability and the nutritional value of the food we consume. The state of our health is inextricably related to the quality of our food system.

Unfortunately, healthy, nutritious, accessible and affordable food eludes many people, which, in turn, undermines health. Gaps include hunger and food insecurity, lack of fair prices for farmers, lack of fresh local food in schools and institutional settings, lack of full service grocery stores in low income communities, lack of knowledge on what food is nutritious, and lack of knowledge on how to prepare nutritious meals. Positive changes in public policy and awareness will offer Kansas City and the surrounding region its best chance to improve our local food system.

The goals of the February 2009 Healthy Food Policy Forum are the following:
  • To educate participants on the connection between health, the food system and pressure points in federal farm policy;
  • To communicate how food policy and food marketing impact kids health;
  • To showcase the Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition (FPC) and its strategic plan; and
  • To increase understanding of healthy food issues for vulnerable populations, especially children.

Click here for the Registration brochure.

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When: 2/12/2009
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m. Wine reception and movie screening Where: American Royal Center
1701 American Royal Ct.
Kansas City, MO
Map It! Price: $25 For more information: Carole Damon, Event Planner
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RED SCARE: China and the New Global Food System - TONIGHT at the Plaza Branch - Truman Forum KCMO

Marion Nestle: Red Scare

Date and time of event: 02/11/2009 - 6:30pm
Location: Plaza Branch
Recommended reading:
The Food We Eat

The Kansas City Public Library hosts food policy expert Marion Nestle for a presentation called Red Scare: China and the New Global Food System on Wednesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

This illustrated presentation details the far-reaching effects of the new global food system and uncovers unexpected connections between food supplies for pets, farm animals, and humans. As detailed in her new book Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine, Nestle traces tainted pet food ingredients back to their source in China, precipitating the largest recall of consumer products in U.S. history in 2007. What began as a problem “merely” for cats and dogs soon became an issue of tremendous concern to everyone.

Nestle is a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. A former policy adviser in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, her current research focuses on the scientific, economic, and social influences on food choice.

The event is co-sponsored by KC Healthy Kids, a charitable foundation focused on promoting fit and healthy kids in Greater Kansas City. Pet Food Politics will be available for sale, and the author will sign copies purchased during the event.

Admission is free. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP. Free parking is also available.