“Food For Thought” — Film & Lecture Series, UNH Manchester

The University of New Hampshire at Manchester is offering a free lecture and film series, “Food For Thought: An exploration of what we eat and the impact on people and our planet.” The series will run from September 2011 through April 2012, and includes screenings of Food Inc. and A Farm for the Future, and a presentation on “Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Slow Food, Local Food, and Backyard Diversity” by author Ben Watson. All events are free and open to the public:

Food For Thought: An exploration of what we eat and the impact on people and our planetA free film and lecture series at UNH Manchester

“Food for Thought” will look at how food is grown and the impact these processes have on people, animals, and our planet. From dependence of food systems on fossil fuels, to the dramatic impact factory farming has on the environment, animals, and our health, the series will look at how we as individuals can drive change that will promote a more sustainable and healthy way of living, and eating.

Food Inc., Film Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, September 27, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., UNH Manchester’s Third floor auditorium
Moderated by Michael Contarino, associate professor of political science at UNH Manchester, and Robert Macieski, associate professor of history at UNH Manchester.

• An End to Factory Farming: Protecting Animals, People, and Our Planet
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., Third floor auditorium
Presented by Alexis Fox, MA State Director for the Humane Society of the United States.

• The ABCs of Food Awareness
Wednesday, October 26, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., UNH Manchester’s Third floor auditorium
Presented by Dr. Kristen O’Dell, Naturopathic Physician and founder of Bedford Natural Medicine

A Farm for the Future, Online Film Screening
This 49-minute BBC documentary by wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking investigates how incredibly dependent our food system has become on fossil fuel. Hosking explores more natural ways to approach farming. Watch the free BBC documentary film online (topdocumentaryfilms.com/farm-for-the-future) from October 31-November 4 and post your comments on Twitter using #UNHM, or on the college’s Facebook event page.

• Renewing America’s Food Traditions: Slow Food, Local Food, and Backyard Diversity
Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m., UNH Manchester’s Third floor auditorium
Presented by Ben Watson, author and co-founder of the Slow Food Monadnock Region chapter

The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series, “Food for Thought,” is made possible through funding from the Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation. All of the events are free, open to the public, and take place in UNH Manchester’s third floor auditorium at 400 Commercial Street in Manchester. More information is available on UNH Manchester’s website, www.unhm.unh.edu/events. Please call 603-641-4167 for more information about the series, or if you need special accommodations. Free parking is available after 5:30 p.m. in Arm’s Lot, behind UNH Manchester. Events will be cancelled if the college is closed due to inclement weather (snowline: 603-641-4100).

For more information: www.unhm.unh.edu/events

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