Friday, February 28, 2014

Portage Library to host TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" Viewing Party March 1

HOUGHTON -- The Portage Lake District Library and the Keweenaw Co-op are teaming up to give everyone front row tickets to a revolutionary live viewing party of the TEDxManhattan "Changing the Way We Eat" event. This one-day conference features a dynamic and diverse group of speakers addressing issues in the sustainable food movement and will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, March 1, at the library.

The event features a line-up of experts who will explore the state of the food system and the progress that is being made toward sustainability in eating and farming. The goal of the event is to introduce viewers across the country to the innovative work being done to elevate the food system to one that is more equitable, healthier, and sustainable for all.

Some of the most important experts in the food movement will discuss topics that include the food movement in historical context, in praise of big organic, how big business had the right idea but went wrong, crickets as a protein source, meatless Monday: a simple idea goes global, Congress and a sustainable food system, changing what students eat at school, restaurant workers, the negative effects on human health of antibiotic use in animal production, local food distribution, and more.

Participants may come and go and watch as many of the talks as they choose while enjoying refreshments made by the Keweenaw Co-op’s Organic Produce and Deli department. Coffee donated by Keweenaw Coffee Works in Calumet, tea and juice will also be served.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It began as a four-day conference 30 years ago and has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. Two annual TED conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics, which can be viewed free at TED.com. TED speakers have included, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Isabel Allende and many others.

TEDx programs are local, self-organized events that bring people together for discussions. The lead sponsor for TEDxManhattan is the nonprofit program Change Food and the event will take place in the Times Center in New York City.

All events at the library are free and everyone is welcome. For a schedule of speakers and more information, please call Chris at the library at 482-4570 or call Faye at the Keweenaw Co-op at 482-2030.

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