From Miriam Kudler-Flam ’15:
Ever wonder what ancient Jewish wisdom has to say about eating meat vs. being vegetarian, compassionate treatment of animals, organic farming or conscious eating in general? Come and learn with us as we explore various Jewish teachings related to the modern ethical and sustainable food movement. Akiva Gersh, teacher and co-founder of Tiyul B’Aretz, will be leading the discussion.
Akiva will also be speaking about his amazing study abroad opportunity, an on-the-road college program in Israel with a strong focus on environmental ethics, spirituality and modern Israel. He will be happy to answer any questions you might have about this really special program!
Definitely tell you’re eco-inclined friends!
When: February 8th (this Friday !) from 12 -2 pm
Place: Usdan 108
Cost: Bring your lunch!
Link: Learn more about Tiyul B’Aretz here .
Caitlin Aylward ’13 writes in about the food justice:
Food justice activist and author Mark Winne is returning to Wesleyan this Thursday to give a talk entitled “The Myth of Food Democracy: Ethics, Choice and the Tyranny of the Marketplace.”
The event will take place in the Woodhead Lounge (Exley) on Thursday October 11th from 4:15-5:30 PM with a reception to follow featuring Udupi’s Indian food.
In light of the upcoming general election, Mark Winne will address the links between food justice and the national election, as well as the market barriers that impede genuine democracy. Learn more about the societal consequences of recent food-related actions, votes, and policies, and discuss effective food policy strategies from cities across the world.
“Farming appeals to me, and probably to other people, because it’s simple and straightforward work outdoors with literal fruits from your labor,” Abe Bobman ’11 said. “It doesn’t feel like you’re a part of an oppressive institution.”
Yesterday, the New York Times published a piece about the growing trend among young college graduates to pursue the age-old profession of farming. Two Wesleyan alumni, Abe Bobman ’11 and Jordan Schmidt ’08, are featured, along with a number of other Northeastern liberal arts college graduates.
The article sets the tone at the beginning with an image of well-educated young people who, moved by their ideals and values, have chosen to work the land from dawn to dusk, “elbow deep in soil for $10 an hour.” It focuses on young farmers on two small organic New York farms and makes a point of emphasizing that none of these young graduate farmers come from farming backgrounds. Through snippets of these farmers’ mishaps and misadventures and statements of how their parents feel about their profession, the article looks into the issues of coming to agriculture from a well-educated, non-farming background.
WesFresh and Film Hall present a screening of FOOD, Inc! In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer.
Food, Inc. reveals surprising– and often shocking truths– about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
Date: April 29
Time: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Place: Film Hall