The Food for Thought Speaker Series presents Dr. Art Trese on “Revival of local, diversified agriculture” on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 5 p.m. in Ellis 113.
Trese is Associate Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology in Ohio University’s College of Arts & Sciences.
He will cover a brief history of agriculture in Southeastern Ohio and a brief history. He will discuss how the federal farm subsidy programs “have driven a transition to large-scale, very low-diversity agriculture as the farming model, along with regional crop specialization that leads to distant places as being the source of our food.”
He also will discuss “how, at least to a small degree, we are seeing a reversal of that trend. I will emphasize how the revival is being driven by consumers, and not by federal or state policy. Consumer choices are, in turn, motivated by a variety of factors, from improved personal health, community support, and a new awareness, a consciousness of all things ‘food.’”