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March 20, 2009, Hialeah CAMPUS - Room 1119

The Impact of Food on the Environment
Reference #532545
Guest Speakers:    Susan Luck
Hialeah Campus  March 20, 2009
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
(Organic Lunch Served)

What are 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 cultural traditions.

•           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 natural systems.-


Susan Luck, Keynote

Program - 5 hours Professional Development Credit for Faculty

12:30 pm  – lunch with 4 videos playing on tvs throughout the room

1:00 – 2:00 pm – Susan Luck

2:00 – 2:30 – Film excerpts - Vandana Shiva

2:30 – 3:30 break out session /activity –  About food

3:30 – 4 – Come together and share work from break-out session

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Herb/Organic Garden informal info and sale

About Susan Luck

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 (, 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




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