Center for Energy and Environmental Education
When Curt Ellis left Iowa after creating the Peabody-winning documentary "King Corn," something didn't sit right––and it wasn't just the home-brewed high-fructose corn syrup he'd consumed. Join Curt for a lively multimedia presentation as he shares the journey that led him to leave filmmaking and join with a group of colleagues to launch FoodCorps, a national service organization that is changing the way children relate to food.
Want to find out where your food comes from? Visit this exhibit featuring photos of local farmers who provide food to UNI. The exhibit will be in the front atrium of the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Enjoy samples of local food and meet local farmers.
Symphony of the Soil is the first film in the Fall Environmental Film series hosted by UNI Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition. The film focuses on our relationship with the soil and our use and misuse of it.
In today's culture when we ask the question how are we going to feed the world it is generally with the assumption that our current food and agriculture system is relatively stable and that we simply need to intensify what we have been doing for the past century---produce more food for a growing population. That perspective makes at least two assumptions which we now need to question, first, that feeding the world is simply a production problem, and second, that all of the resources which were available to us in the past century---cheap energy, surplus water, stable climates, etc will continue to be there for us in the foreseeable future. Both assumptions now need to be questioned and a new approach to addressing the problem of hunger needs to be developed.
Renowned artist Gary Kelley will sign posters at the College Hill Farmers Market. Signed posters are $20; $5 for UNI students. All proceeds will support the work of the UNI Local Food Program.
Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg, author of America’s Climate Century, is touring Iowa colleges and communities to call on Iowans to take climate action. Senator Hogg argues climate is the defining historical challenge of our century – and we need to make the fight against climate change our new national purpose.
Fifty million Americans—1 in 4 children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. Free and open to the public.
The Center for Energy and Environmental Education will host a self-guided tour of 10 Cedar Valley farms. Learn how local farmers grow your food and manage their farms, find fun kids' activities and local foods to buy. Free and for all ages; no registration required.
Hans Herren, World Food Prize winner and president of the Millennium Institute, will present "Changing Course in Global Agriculture."
Agriculture must be at the core of any vision that sees all people having enough healthy food in a healthy environment. Today, 870 million people suffer from hunger in a world of food production surpluses and pre- and post-retail waste while unsustainable agricultural practices lead to environmental problems and threaten the health of our planet. Ecological and resilient agricultural practices conserve ecosystems and biodiversity and reduce environmental degradation. Small-holder farmers, when practicing sustainable agriculture, are the best stewards of our ecosystem.
Why have farm interests had to resort to PR campaigns and social media initiatives just to redeem what used to be one of the most admired occupations in America? Why are those efforts likely to backfire and further isolate agriculture? Why do farm lobbyists defend agricultural technologies and policies that farmers themselves question? Why do the agriculture's leaders denigrate local food initiatives and organic farming? Environmental Working Group's Ken Cook shares candid observations from his 35 years of experience in agriculture policy.