Culture War Over Food and Farming Topic of Feb. 27 Heuermann Lecture

Feb. 20, 2014

LINCOLN, Neb. — "Our Culture War Over Food and Farming" is the topic for the 3:30 p.m. Heuermann Lecture Thursday, Feb. 27, in the Hardin Hall auditorium on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus, 33rd and Holdrege.

Robert Paarlberg, the Betty Freyhof Johnson '44 Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wellesley College, is the Heuermann Lecturer.  He'll discuss how modern food and farming systems dominate the U.S. commercial marketplace but are under heavy attack in the cultural marketplace, and how this attack could affect food and farming's future not just in the U.S., but in the developing world.

A 3 p.m. reception in the Hardin Hall lobby precedes the lecture.

Paarlberg is an adjunct professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, and an associate in the Harvard University Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.  Much of his research and consulting focuses on international food and agricultural policy, especially in Africa and the developing world. He is the author of eight books, including "Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know," and co-author of one.

Heuermann Lectures in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at UNL are made possible through a gift from B. Keith and Norma Heuermann of Phillips, and focus on providing and sustaining enough food, natural resources and renewable energy for the world's people, and on securing the sustainability of rural communities where the vital work of producing food and renewable energy occurs.

Lectures stream live at http://heuermannlectures.unl.edu, and are archived at that site soon after the lecture.  Lectures also are seen on NET2 World at a date following the lecture.

Judy Nelson, communications specialist, IANR, 402-472-3031, jnelson5@unl.edu

Dan Moser, IANR News Service, 402-472-3030, dmoser3@unl.edu