Ben Hewitt to Speak on the Future of Food

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 1:16pm

Author, farmer, and food activist Ben Hewitt will discuss his new book, Making Supper Safe: One Man's Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety, Thursday, September 29 at 7 pm in Gamble Auditorium.

In his book, Hewitt explores the past, present, and potential future of the country’s response to pathogenic bacteria in our food. This response, he writes, impacts people’s health and their rights in choosing what foods they consume, particularly since messages about food are often controlled by large agribusinesses that claim their food is “safe.” He argues the food supply being taken over by corporations poses a greater danger to public health than does bacterial contamination of food.

Hewitt speaks frequently on regionalized agriculture, relocalizing economies, and reframing America's values to stimulate positive change. In his first book, The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food, he chronicled how a rural Vermont town's struggling economy led community members to create a local food system.

This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Miller Worley Center for the Environment and the Odyssey Bookshop.