Food security and food justice panel discussion March 28

February 26, 2013
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URBANA – Food security and food justice will be the focus of a panel discussion on the University of Illinois campus on Thursday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. This public colloquy, scheduled in the Heritage Room of the ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, will include topics such as food accessibility, sustainable production, and food assistance programs.

The panel will be comprised of experts who will bring a variety of perspectives to the discussion: Craig Gundersen, U of I agricultural economist and executive director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory; Barbara Fiese, U of I professor of human development and family studies and endowed chair and director of the Family Resiliency Center; Linda Crawl-Jackson, Extension educator; Jim Hires, executive director of the Eastern Illinois Food Bank; and David Bane, a local farmer who is practicing sustainable agriculture.

This colloquy is in memory of nutrition advocate Robin Orr, former U of I Extension specialist.

“Robin’s work on food policy, nutrition education, and healthy living touched some of the most vulnerable audiences,” said Bill Kling, event sponsor. “This is a fitting way to pay tribute to her while bringing attention to the issues she focused on.” Kling will offer opening comments for the colloquy.

Orr dedicated her work to advocating for nutrition education on a local, state, and national level. In addition to assisting in developing and administrating food program legislation, she worked with obesity, cancer, hunger, and food policy reform.

For more information, contact the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at 217-333-9355 or


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