Though our country's predisposition toward commodity fetishism might make us think so, food doesn't just magically appear in grocery stores. It must be planted, sprayed, harvested, fed, slaughtered, packaged, and transported before it reaches our shelves. Some of these things are good for business, but they are mostly bad for the environment. This Monday, community members will discuss ways to feed Minnesotans while lessening our food's environmental impact on our state. Panelists include Tom Braun of Linden Hills Power and Light, a community-based group that promotes sustainability in the neighborhood; Susan Hubbard of Eureka! Recycling, one of the U.S.'s largest nonprofit recyclers; Jim Kleinschmit of Rural Communities, which aims to increase sustainable resources in rural areas; and Danny Schwartzman of Common Roots Café, which maintains a business that supports local and sustainable farmers. Free; but call 612.870.3408 to RSVP.
Mon., March 23, 5:30 p.m., 2009