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Food Summit Scheduled for Saturday

Thursday March 11, 2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 11, 2010) The Healthy Hometown Movement and Community Farm Alliance will hold Louisville’s second annual food summit on Saturday, March 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Meyzeek Middle School located at 828 South Jackson Street.

The event is part of the Ingredients for Change campaign, a nationwide initiative to address America’s alarming rates of obesity and other major health problems directly linked to our country’s food system.

This year’s Food Summit will also feature the documentary Food, Inc. and a discussion with nationally renowned author and farmer Joel Salatin.

Food, Inc., the critically acclaimed 2009 hit documentary from Participant Media, Magnolia Pictures and River Road Entertainment, gives audiences a vivid view of industrial food production, a system that in the last 50 years has drastically changed the American diet. Scrutinizing our national agriculture and food policies, the film examines why soda and fast food are now significantly cheaper and more accessible then fresh fruits and vegetables, and how this change has directly contributed to soaring rates of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and other health problems.

“The Food Summit is an opportunity for residents to learn about the many hidden problems with our food system,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of Health at the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness. “It opens the door for much needed dialogue about the issues many people are facing when it comes to healthy food access.”