National experts on the 2012 Farm Bill Weigh In on Legislature and how it will affect farms

WHEN:             Sunday, January 29, 2:00p-6:00p (Keynote Panel Begins at 3p)

WHERE:           Museum of Science, 1 Science Park  Boston, Massachusetts 02114

WHAT:              What do we New Englanders need to know about the Farm Bill? Plenty. Spend the afternoon at the Museum of Science and learn why the Farm Bill should really be called the Food Bill. Most of us know that the Farm Bill is coming up for re-authorization in 2012, but we truly don’t understand why and how much (and is some cases, how little) it matters to each of us. Join an expert group of panelists to help break down what the Farm Bill means to the food and farming industry.  The event will take place throughout the Museum of Science and will include keynotes, a working session, panel discussions, as well as a meet-up room for the community to learn what local organizations are doing…

WHO:     Keynoters include 2012 Farm Bill experts and national resources: U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and NYU’s Marion Nestle, PhD.  Let’s Talk About Food Founder and moderator is Louisa Kasdon.

Chellie Pingree came to Maine in the 1970s with a degree in human ecology from the College of the Atlantic and she started an organic farm on the island ofNorth Haven.  Selling produce to summer residents and raising sheep for wool turned into a thriving mail order knitting business.  After serving on the local school board, and as the town’s tax assessor, Chellie went on to serve eight years in the Maine Senate, became the national CEO of Common Cause and in 2008 was elected to represent Maine in the United States Congress.  As a member of the Agriculture Committee in Congress, Chellie is committed to helping reform farm policy with interests of small farmers and consumers in mind.

Marion Nestle, PhD is the Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health (the department she chaired from 1988-2003) and Professor of Sociology at New York University. Her degrees include a Ph.D. in molecular biology and an M.P.H. in public health nutrition, both from the University of California, Berkeley.

She is the author of many award-winning books, including: Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health and Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety. Her book, What to Eat, was named as one of Amazon.Com’s top ten books of 2006, and won the James Beard Foundation book award for best food reference in 2007.  She also wrote  Pet Food Politics: The Chihuahua in the Coal Mine and  Feed Your Pet Right, co-authored with Malden Nesheim.  Her current book project, also with Malden Nesheim, is a book about calories for University of California Press scheduled for publication in 2012.  She writes a monthly Food Matters column for the San Francisco Chronicle.

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