Food Issues


EVERYBODY EATS!

Be a part of the food committee to better understand what it is we’re putting in our bodies and how what we eat affects the world around us.
 

Goals:

The Food committee attempts to communicate to the student body the environmental impact of “food miles,” our meat-eating culture, and agriculture issues that affect the way we feed ourselves (organic options compared to pesticides, soil erosion, ecological harm).

  1. Introduce local produce from Adair county farmers into the Sodexo cafeterias.
  2. Poll students to better understand their opinions on local organic options.
  3. Inform students through tabling and awareness events about CAFOs, industrial food and the alternatives.
  4. Generate at least one presentation for the Environmental Studies conference regarding food and agriculture issues.
  5. Work to put on a Local Foods Dinner each semester.

 

Contact Information for Kirksville’s Officials in U.S. Government

Representative Kenny Hulshof (R)

DC Address:
The Honorable Kenny C. Hulshof
United States House of Representatives
409 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515-2509

DC Phone:
202-225-2956

DC Fax:
202-225-5712

Email Address:
http://hulshof.house.gov/Contact.aspx

WWW Homepage:
http://hulshof.house.gov/default.aspx
 

Senators:

Bond, Christopher S.- (R – MO)
Class III

Address:
274 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

Phone:
(202) 224-5721

Web Form:
bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm
 
McCaskill, Claire- (D – MO)
Class I

Address:
717 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510

Phone:
(202) 224-6154

Web Form:
mccaskill.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 

Links

http://www.localharvest.org/ (to find local food sources in your community)

http://backyardchickens.com/ (to learn how to raise your own chickens!)

http://www.sierraclub.org/factoryfarms/ (for a better understanding of issues concerning Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations)
 

Past Events:

Local food on the Mall OCT 25, 26: 11am-4pm: we’ll be surveying students and rallying for support on the issue of getting local food into the Sodexo cafeterias and C-stores.  Come by our tabling event outside the SUB (“the mall”) to sample some tasty local choices.

Letter writing for clean water!  At the next ECO meeting (Oct. 15th, 9pm, BH 252), our committee will be signing letter templates to send to Rep Hulshoff in support of the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2169) in order to increase awareness about CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) pollution.
 

Suggestions / Comments?

Feel free to e-mail Katy and/or Hannah, or, just click on the Truman Community link on the Homepage – this will take you to the Student Senate Link, where you can post suggestions/comments onto the Campus Environment Committee’s forum.

 

Courtesy of Hannah Hemmelgarn from an organic food festival in Besancon, France