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Local and global food issues will be on the menu at “Shared Tables: A Triangle Symposium on Local and Global Food Studies” at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University Feb. 28-29.

Food security and the future of farming are daily concerns in many North Carolina communities, and the symposium will capitalize on the local food movements gaining ground on all the Triangle campuses.

The symposium takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Carolina and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 29 at Duke University. Keynote addresses will be presented by award-winning food journalist and farmer Tom Philpott of Mother Jones magazine and by Will Allen, founder and executive director of Growing Power in Milwaukee.

Due to an overwhelming response, seats for all but one session are booked. Seats are only available for the keynote lecture by Will Allen on February 29.

On Feb. 28 at Hyde Hall at UNC, symposium topics include:

  • Food, technology and politics internationally and in Europe;
  • Food security, sustainable food systems and global change;
  • Does it matter where my food comes from? and
  • Food or fuel? South America, Africa and the United States.

On Feb. 29 in the Von Cannon Room and Reynolds Industries Theater at the Bryan University Center at Duke, symposium topics include:

  • Voices of the Triangle food movement in universities;
  • Farm Bill 2012;
  • Farming in North Carolina;
  • Food and humanities, culture and faith; and
  • Food access in our communities.

Published February 17, 2012.