Menu for the Future

THE MONTGOMERY TOWN LIBRARY AND THE CATAMOUNT EARTH INSTITUTE OFFER A SIX-SESSION DISCUSSION GROUP ON FOOD AND FOOD SYSTEMS

For centuries food has been used to mark the change of the seasons, to bring together a family at the end of day and as an integral part of many celebrations. In recent years, food has grown to represent a multi-billion dollar global industry and a point of confusion for many struggling to understand the risks and benefits associated with choices such as organic vs. conventional, meat vs. vegetarian or local vs. global. Food impacts our lives and environment in so many ways, on a multitude of levels. Yet, few people take the time to weigh questions such as: “Where is my food coming from?” and “What are the implications of my food choices?”

In response to a growing need to consider the larger implications of our food choices and understand food’s relationship to sustainability, Montgomery Town Library and the Catamount Earth Institute are offering a discussion group based on the Northwest Earth Institute’s discussion guide, Menu for the Future. This six-session anthology offers people a unique opportunity to examine the effects of modern industrial agriculture on both human and ecological health, explore emerging food system alternatives, and discuss how we as individuals can contribute to a more sustainable food supply.

The first discussion session will be on Thursday, October 21 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Montgomery Town Library. Each week, participants will discuss several short readings from the guide. Facilitation for the first session is provided by a local Catamount Earth Institute volunteer. Participants share the facilitation role in subsequent sessions.

For more information and for course books, contact Montgomery Town Library at 802-326-3113. A full description of the course is at http://www.nwei.org. Participants should read the first session for October 21st. The course is free; course books are available on loan from the library.

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