of Food on the Environment
Guest Speakers: Susan Luck
Hialeah Campus March 20, 2009
12:30 pm -
(Organic Lunch Served)
the impacts, both environmental and social, of the current food
production system in the United States both at home and across the
globe? Prior to attending this workshop, participants will receive and
read an article published in the New York Times Magazine section in
October 2008 by Michael Pollen, a contributing writer for the magazine,
Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California,
Berkeley, and author, most recently, of “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s
Manifesto." Pollen's article is a letter to the President-Elect titled
"Farmer In Chief." In it he states that, like oil, the era of cheap and
abundant food appears to be drawing to a close. He notes that we are
experiencing serious problems in the United States with health care,
energy and climate change and makes an argument that the way we
currently grow, process and eat food in America goes to the heart of all
three problems and will have to change if we hope to solve them. He
explores the impact of the American food system on the rest of the world
including how current practices are environmentally destructive and how
the system discourages farming in developing nations, deepening
widespread desperation and starvation.
* Resources from the MDC and EEI libraries expanding on the thesis of
the Pollen article will be on display. Books will be on display and
educational videos playing as faculty and staff eat lunch.
List and explain the health benefits associated with a traditional diet.
• Identify some healthful foods that reflect their family and
• Describe how food production impacts the environment.
• Explain the importance of maintaining the genetic integrity
of our seed banks.
• List and describe the procedures of a collaborative learning
activity which facilitates civic engagement and enhances awareness of
Susan Luck, Keynote
5 hours Professional Development Credit for Faculty
12:30 pm – lunch with 4 videos playing on tvs throughout the room
– 2:00 pm – Susan Luck
– 2:30 – Film excerpts - Vandana Shiva
– 3:30 break out session /activity – About food
– 4 – Come together and share work from break-out session
– 4:30 pm – Herb/Organic Garden informal info and sale
Susan Luck RN, BS, MS, HNC, CCN, has worked in the field of
nutrition and immunology for over 20 years. As holistic nurse
educator, medical anthropologist, and clinical nutritionist, she has
been practicing in integrative healthcare models both in the U.S.
and abroad. She is a national speaker and founder and director of
the Earthrose Institute (www.earthrose.org),
a foundation dedicated to environmental health education and Program
Director of the Integrative Nursing Institute.
She is author of the Chapter on Nutrition for Holistic Nursing: A
Handbook for Practice.
She is adjunct faculty and nutrition consultant at the University of
Miami, through an NIH grant for women with HIV. Ms. Luck also is the
Clinical Nutritionist at Mercy Hospital in Miami, Florida