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Fellows Take Center Stage at Slow Food Nation

Farmers, Chefs, Nutritionists and Fair Food Advocates Lend Expertise to Celebration of Local Food, Sustainable Agriculture

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With heightened concerns about rising food costs and the impact of industrial food systems on the environment and health, more people are vowing to eat their zip code. This regional food focus will be among major emphases addressed at Slow Food Nation this weekend, where food, health and agriculture experts from across the country will make the case that this is a trend we can't afford to lose.

Food and Society Policy Fellows (fellows), funded by the W.K. Kellogg and Fair Food Foundations, are leaders in food and agriculture from across the United States. Current and graduated fellows listed below will be among the experts at Slow Food Nation and are available for interview to discuss the economic, public health and environmental benefits regional food systems bring to the table.

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Zoe Bradbury, farmer and advocate, Oregon

Bradbury can discuss the importance of cultivating and supporting a next generation of farmers for securing a vibrant regional food system in the U.S.

Chef Ann Cooper, renegade lunch lady, California

Chef Ann can discuss how changing district spending policies, commodity- based food service organizations, political platforms with no mention of school food or child health -- and ultimately the USDA -- can ensure that kids everywhere have wholesome, nutritious, delicious food at school.

Arnell Hinkle, RD, MPH, CHES, registered dietician and public health nutritionist, California

Hinkle, a former organic farmer and restaurant chef, can discuss the need to increase availability of affordable fresh, healthy, locally grown foods in low-income communities of color as well as related cultural, economic and public policy issues.

Deborah Kane, sustainable foods advocate, Oregon Kane, the vice president of food and farms at Ecotrust, can discuss the policy and community considerations, including farm-to-school initiatives, bio- regional initiatives and supply-chain management, which can make abundant, affordable and healthy food systems a reality.

Anna Lappe, author and global food advocate, New York

Lappe, author and co-leader of the Small Planet Institute, can discuss sustainable farming and the globalization of food systems, food security and social movements, genetically modified foods and organic trends, and issues related to youth and health.

Mas Masumoto, farmer and author, California

Masumoto can discuss issues related to organic and sustainable farming, immigration reform and sharing the "story" of family farms.

Anne Mosness, sustainable fishing advocate, Washington

Mosness of the Go Wild Campaign can discuss the political, environmental and economic impacts of fish farming in coastal waters.

Angie Tagtow, registered dietitian and environmental nutritionist, Iowa Tagtow can discuss issues related to community-based food systems, ecological approaches to food and health, public health nutrition and the connection between healthy soil and healthy people.

Bryant Terry, author and chef, California

Terry can discuss cooking education that supports good health; youth food justice activism; and the health, environmental, cultural and economic impact local food systems make in urban communities.

Mark Winne, author and fair food advocate, New Mexico

Winne can discuss social justice issues related to the Slow Food discussion, in particular, avoiding elitism in the movement toward fair food.

SOURCE Food and Society Policy Fellows

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