Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Updated: Green Film Series to host film on food, visit by Sara Salo of School Food Bicycle Tour May 17

Sara Salo, founder of the School Food Bicycle Tour, stops for a photo on her 6,000-mile solo ride to call attention to community sustainable healthy food. She completes the ride in Houghton this week and will lead a discussion at the Green Film event Thursday, May 17, at Michigan Tech. (Photo by Myers Photo and courtesy The School Food Tour) 

HOUGHTON -- Food is a local issue, a global issue -- a development, health, political and economic issue. How can communities design a food system that ensures health, accessibility and affordability for everyone?

The Green Film Series continues this week with a film about food and a discussion facilitated by Sara Salo, founder and executive director of the School Food Bicycle Tour, a 6,000-mile solo ride with the goal of empowering students, schools and communities to advocate for equitable access to wholesome food.

Salo, who lives in Bend, Oregon, earned an M.S. in Public Health from Oregon State University. She is fascinated with examining and strategizing how the roles of place, community and individual come together to create and maintain sustainable food systems. Salo has also been involved in cycling for many years and strongly believes encouraging more people to ride bikes for both recreation and transport can make a powerful impact on the world.*

The film will be shown at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 17, in Fisher 135 on the Michigan Tech campus.** An audience discussion will follow, with coffee, tea and dessert served. The program is free. A donation of $3 is suggested.

The Green Film Series is sponsored by the Center for Water and Society, the Keweenaw Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and the Keweenaw Land Trust.

It is partially funded by a grant from the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw and the UP Environmental Coalition.

* To learn more about the School Food Bicycle Tour, visit their Web site.
** Update: Correction: We originally stated the incorrect time as 6 p.m. The film is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. 

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