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Michigan State University hosts inaugural roundtable discussion on food access

The Food@MSU initiative recently held its first Our Table conversation. It took place at Lansing’s Cristo Rey Community Center, and the topic was food access.

Our Table is the centerpiece of Food@MSU. It’s a series of roundtable discussions, each with a different topic. We will explore other topics like sustainability, nutrition, and GMOs,” says Our Table moderator Sheril Kirshenbaum. “We’ll be taking Our Table from community to community around Michigan and eventually the nation in hopes of sparking a dialogue and a conversation on a variety of topics related to food.”

Our Table brings together food experts, agricultural producers, health professionals and community members to listen to each other and foster dialogue. It is a new campus-wide initiative led by the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Arts and Letters, and Communication Arts and Sciences that aims to help consumers make more informed decisions about food, and its impacts on health and the planet.

“Our goal is to make MSU a better and more-engaged partner when it comes to all things food,” says CANR Dean Ron Hendrick.

Joe Garcia, executive director of Cristo Rey and host of the inaugural Our Table conversation, says “at the end of the day it’s about healthy food and healthy people. If you have access to healthy food, you have a healthy community.”

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