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Our patterns of food consumption, both individually and collectively, could have a major impact on the life of the planet far into the future. As business leaders pursue innovative solutions for a new “green economy,” municipalities begin thinking about “food security” and words like “locavore” make their way into our dictionaries, do religious traditions like Roman Catholicism have anything to offer? In this forum, a panel of experts in biology, ethics, and Catholic tradition will examine the impact of our present patterns of food consumption on the environment, the poor of the earth, and the future of the planet. What are the principle challenges to ecological sustainability based on our present patterns of food consumption? How has catholic social teaching addressed the need for food and care for the poor? What changes are necessary for a sustainable future?

Nancy Tuchman
Center for Urban Environmental Research and Policy
Loyola University Chicago

Bishop Frank DeWane
President of the Board
National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Br. David Andrews, CSC
Senior Representative
Food and Water Watch

Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF
Senior Fellow
Woodstock Theological Center

This event is hosted by the Woodstock Theological Center and co-sponsored by The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs, the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, and Sweetgreen.

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