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The Future of Food: Lessons from African Smallholder Farmers


March 29, 2018

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Room 124, Health Professions Facility, McNichols Campus

Come and share in the conversation about our current agricultural crossroad. This discussion will be presented by Northern Arizona University Professor Emerita of Political Science Carol Thompson. Thompson’s talk will share how African smallholder farmers are successfully adapting to climate change by community participation in farmer field schools for seed breeding and seed saving.

Africans across the continent consume about 2000 different plants for their food;  only 12 plants provide 75% of American industrialized food. This short talk will discuss the ways African smallholder farmers sustain their genetic wealth--their seeds--while advancing biodiversity of foods.  Sharing seeds and knowledge increases biodiverse nutrition, the future of food.  African farmers offer alternatives to the monoculture (e.g., one variety of corn across 100,000s acres) of industrial agriculture, with its polluting chemicals and fossil-fuel addiction, that poisons our bodies, soil, water and air.

The ReBUILDetroit Community Advisory Committee Speakers Series event is co-sponsored by Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD), Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, The Healing Support Network and the ReBUILDetroit program.

This event is free and open to the public.

RSVP: Unnecessary

Contact: Jahzara Mayes Otoo, institutional development core coordinator, REBUILDetroit Program
Phone: 313-993-1216
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