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Ag, Food Issues of 21st Century Focus of Panel of Experts at WSU

PULLMAN, Wash. – Feed the world. Power the planet. Save the environment. A panel of experts will discuss some of the largest challenges facing the ag and food industry in the 21st Century beginning at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 13, in Ensminger Pavilion on the Pullman campus.

“Feeding the World: A Washington Agriculture Community Conversation” is an event of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences designed to complement presentations being made at WSU the same day by author Michael Pollan. Thousands of WSU students read Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” as part of the 2009 WSU Common Reading Program.

“Our college has worked hard to make sure the conversation surrounding issues raised in Mr. Pollan’s book has been factual and science-based,” said CAHNRS Dean Dan Bernardo. “This panel discussion gives us an opportunity to broaden the conversation and expose students and the larger community to a wide range of perspectives on agriculture and food.”

Panelists include:

  • Eric Hurlburt, domestic marketing and economic development chief for the Washington State Department of Agriculture;
  • Trudy Bialic, public affairs director for PCC Natural Markets;
  • Wheat producer Russ Zenner; and
  • Dick Coon Jr., president of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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More Information

Food for Thought – a Web site in conjunction with the WSU Common Reading Program. This year, students are reading Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”

Media Contacts

Professor Kim, associate dean for academic programs, 509-335-4562