America’s Food and the Reality of Sustainable Food Systems

Tuesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Wayland Middle School. Join speaker, Guy Crosby, Ph.D., CFS – Professor, Educator, Author, Scientist and Certified Foodie – who has more than 40 years in the food business for “America’s Food – from Farm to Fork – and the Reality of Sustainable Food Systems”. As a scientist and student of food production, he is apply qualified to help us understand our American food system, from large-scale agribusiness to local grass roots sustainable farms.

Advances in science and technology since the early part of the last century have propelled the productivity of of American agriculture to an all-time high. As a result, America has developed the most productive, lowest-cost system of producing food in the world. American’s spend less of their income on food than any other country. Yet controversy rages over the use of water, energy, fertilizers, pesticides, genetically engineered crops and the effects on the environment created by big agriculture.

There are those who argue that a return to small, local sustainable farms is the answer. But is it? Can America continue to supply the abundance of food at the lowest affordable cost using this approach? Or is the answer to find a way of combining the two while addressing the environmental issues created by big agriculture, and the supply of enough low-cost food for lower income Americans by small farms? In addition, the problems of food waste and food access, the impact of the U.S. Farm Bill, and even organic farming will be included. Join the discussion!

This Walden Forum discussion will be held at the Wayland Middle School Auditorium, 201 Main St, Wayland, Mass. 01778.