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2nd Annual Current Topics Seminar to Focus on Food Origins

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The Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at The University of Southern Mississippi will host the 2nd Annual Current Topics Seminar on Friday, Nov. 4 in Room 216 of the Thad Cochran Center.

The seminar, scheduled from 12:30-3:30 p.m., will follow the theme: “From Farm to Fork: Where Does Our Food Come From?” The seminar is free and open to the general public.

Seminar objectives include the following:

  • Explain the consequences of a dwindling food supply
  • Explore the realities of organic farming
  • Describe the importance of localizing food supply chains for perishable food products
  • Describe the process of getting food from farm to table
  • Discuss benefits and barriers to buying local

Guest speakers include Jay Mahaffy, manager of the Scott Learning Center for Monsanto; Butch Smith, operator of Country Girls Creamery; Melanie Dale, owner of Wee Three Bees Apiary and Beelicious Honey and Jeremy Noffke, chef de cuisine/kitchen operations manager at Purple Parrot Café.

“We are so excited about this nutrition seminar. We have got some great guest speakers that are really going to help bring the concepts of food and agriculture together,” said Roxanne Kingston, instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems at Southern Miss. “We hope the audience will be able to gain new perspectives on the topics presented.”

For more information contact Kingston at 601.266.5871 or Roxanne.kingston@usm.edu