Science on Tap - Growing Local Food: Small-scale farming in a big farm state
Speaker: Dr. Brandi Janssen (Director, Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational and Environmental Health)
In Iowa, agriculture looms large. The state is the number one producer of corn, soybeans, and hogs and, most years, eggs. Iowa’s Big Ag reputation has put the state in the epicenter of some of the most hotly contested debates about farming and the future of food production. But Iowa is also home to a robust network of smaller scale farms that supply ever-expanding statewide and regional food markets. The rhetorical tendency to pit conventional and alternative agriculture against each other becomes complicated when those two systems co-exist in rural neighborhoods. This talk considers the ways that local and global food systems overlap in Iowa, and how their interactions can contribute to a healthier local food system.
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Hancher Auditorium, Stanley Cafe
141 Park Road, Iowa City, IA 52242