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Marian Social Justice Committee Celebrates Earth Day with “Consumer Buying Groups and Local Food” Presentation

April 12, 2012

FOND DU LAC, Wis. — Marian University’s Social Justice Committee will host speaker Fred Depies on Thursday, April 19 from 12:45 to 2:10 p.m. in the Sadoff Science Building S100 in celebration of the upcoming Earth Day.

Consumer buying groups, with their mission to deliver 100 percent locally and organically produced foods, are a recent trend that have seen an upswing in connecting food with personal, social and economic commitment. Depies, an advocate for healthy, sustainable food for over 30 years, works with institutions, communities and entire regions to promote the use of nutritious local food and build local sustainable economies by connecting small local farms to consumers.

“We are pleased to be bringing Fred Depies in observation of Earth Day,” John Morris, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Chemistry and co-chair of the Social Justice Committee says. “What we eat and how it is produced are big factors on both one's health and environmental impact, and for a long time Fred has been working on making connections to improve both.”

Depies has published the Farm Fresh Atlas of eastern Wisconsin since 2003. He has also organized sustainable food fairs, farm-to-chef exchanges, farm-to-school forums, food and energy festivals and grazing programs on farms and with consumers while coordinating several grazing research projects.

Samples of the food distributed by Trust Local Foods will be available at this event, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Morris at jmorris@marianuniversity.edu or (920) 923-7140.

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Average cost of tuition at Marian is $24,300, whereas the national average is $33,716 (Source: Marian University Office of Institutional Research, June 2014; National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76).

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