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WHO: The West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

WHAT: “Beyond the Headlines: Food Choices that are Right for You” is a panel discussion covering how consumers sift through available information to make the make best food choices for themselves. Featured panelists include:

  • Nettie Freshour, teaching associate professor of human nutrition and foods at WVU
  • Bradley Wilson, associate professor of geography and director of the Food Justice Laboratory at WVU 
  • Kevin Keener, professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University
  • Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis

The event is free and open to the public. A reception, catered by Fresh Hospitality, will be held from 5 - 6 p.m

WHERE: WVU Media Innovation Center, Evansdale Crossing

WHEN: Thursday (Oct. 4), 3:30 – 5 p.m. 

“From apples with too much wax on the surface to dietary weight loss supplements, all have the potential in some regard to be harmful to us. I’m constantly educating my students that it’s extremely important to be an informed consumer. That means conducting informal research and asking the right questions before deciding which products are best for them.” – Nettie Freshour

“The writer and farmer Wendell Berry once said that ‘eating is an agricultural act.’ This insight about our choices not only reminds us of our individual connection to the land and those who work it, but encourages us, as a society, to reflect on the ethical choices we make in advancing our food system. How can we ensure that our eating, markets and agricultural system delivers healthy food for all? In the WVU Food Justice Lab we work with communities struggling to put food on the table in West Virginia. Thirty-three percent of West Virginians live in what some call a food desert. For many of our neighbors, friends and coworkers, food choices are deeply constrained and healthy food is hard to come by.” – Bradley Wilson



CONTACT: Lindsay Willey

Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design; 304.293.238

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