News Published: Oct 16, 2012 - 11:20:44 AM

LWV of CT hosting conference on food

By League of Women Voters in Connecticut (LWVCT)

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On October 24, the nation will celebrate national Food Day,* an annual event bringing people together from all walks of life to learn, eat and advocate for a more healthy and sustainable food system. Building on this theme, the League of Women Voters in Connecticut (LWVCT) will highlight food as the focus of its annual Fall Conference, "From Land and Sea: Food for the Good of Connecticut," to be held on Saturday, October 27, at the Agriscience and Biotechnology Center in Trumbull from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event, open to the public, is generously supported by Cigna.

A distinguished panel of speakers will share how food production in Connecticut is benefiting the state’s economy, improving nutrition in the home and on the job, and increasing accessibility to local, nutritious foods for all, including those in urban areas and/or with low incomes. The panelists will include Steve Reviczky, CT Commissioner of Agriculture; Dr. David Katz, Prevention Research Center, Yale University; John Turenne, Sustainable Food Systems, LLC; and Lucy Nolan, executive director, End-Hunger Connecticut. A Q & A session will follow, with the panelists responding to audience questions.

In planning for the Fall Conference, the LWVCT joined forces with the Connecticut Library System — and its membership of 200 public libraries — to request its support for the conference and to tie-in for Food Day on October 24. The responses have been most enthusiastic, with many participating libraries augmenting their books/DVD displays with special events for the celebration. A wide range of activities for all ages will include “foodie” film showings, sharing of “green” recipes, visits by local chefs, a special program for teenagers and their families, “Teens! Eat Right, Right Now, and a Bongo for Books program with “My Plate” bingo cards, to name a few.

To register online for the October 27 Food Conference, go to Costs are $10 for students, general admission $15 ($20 at the door), and $35 for supporters. For additional information, visit or call 203/288-7996.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization of women and men, encouraging informed and active participation in government, and working to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influence public policy through education and advocacy.

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