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Lecture: Changing Course in Global Agriculture

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. 

Hunger Games: What is it about agriculture that's eating consumers?

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.

Sustainability Field Trip

Join us for a visit to the Hawkeye Buffalo Ranch and Seed Savers Exchange Heritage Farm. Both sites offer on opportunity to get a glimpse of sustainable local food practices. Cost is $5; bring a sack lunch. Transportation is provided for participants. To reserve your spot and for additional information, visit www.rrttc.com and register under “Current Events.” Space is limited and registration ends Sept. 18.

Film Screening: "Renewal"

The screening of the film "Renewal" is presented by the UNI Recycling & Reuse Technology Transfer Center in correlation with the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition.

From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions, Americans are becoming caretakers of the Earth. With great courage, these women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet. Their stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth.

Life Serve Blood Drive

The need for blood donations from volunteer blood donors is continuous and on-going. While the need for blood remains about the same from month to month, the number of donations typically drecreases during the summer months. This drop in donations can lead to critical shortages. Contribute to your community by donating blood at the next Green Iowa AmeriCorps Blood Drive. For more information or to schedule an appointment to donate, contact Ashley Wolter st 319-415-7327. You can also schedule an appointment online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org. 

UNI Earth Day Celebration

Come celebrate UNI Earth Day at the NE courtyard of Maucker Union. Play games, win prizes, get your free bike tune up and visit more than 30 great educational booths. Visit with the Bag Monster, recycle your electronics and check out the newest "Enviro Friendly" cars at this exciting event.

UNI Earth Week Wetland Cleanup

Dress to get wet and dirty and help the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center clean up the wetland area. Meet in the NE corner of the WRC lot. Free pizza will be provided after the clean up. Registration is not required to participate but those who register by April 15 will receive a free t-shirt.

UNI Earth Week Bike Ride

Ride the trails and meet new friends! Meet at Mulligan's Brick Oven and Pub for a 10-mile ride as the UNI Cycling Club and Cedar Valley Cyclists lead a trail ride. Helmets are required for all riders. Registration is not required to participate but those who register by April 9 will receive a free t-shirt.  

Film Screening: "Power Paths"

Power Paths is a documentary that follows the efforts of American Indian tribes as they explore ways to bring renewable energy projects into their communities. From the Sioux of Great Plains in the midwest to the Navajo and Hopi of the southwest, tribes are fighting to protect their land, air and water from the harmful impacts of mining and burning coal.

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