Author Sarah Elton traveled the globe to research her new book, Consumed: Food for a Finite Planet. She reports on inspiring efforts in cities and on farms, from New York to rural India, to create a food system that works for people and the planet. Sarah tells the stories of this massive global social movement that is poised to feed a growing population in a changing climate. With her eye on the year 2050, Sarah lays out decade-by-decade targets we must meet in order to feed ourselves in an increasingly turbulent world.
CUESA invites you to a conversation between Sarah Elton and Nigel Walker of Eatwell Farm. Together the farmer, with his down-to-earth experience bringing food to families’ tables, and the investigative journalist, with her international perspective, will discuss how food production in today’s world often causes problems but can also be a solution. Join the conversation to find out how, contrary to what industry would have you believe, the chemical-intensive, biologically homogeneous big agribusiness model is not the only way—nor is it the best way—to feed the world.
The discussion will be followed by a book signing and reception with farmers market refreshments. Books will be for sale by Book Passage.
$5 requested at the door (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Location: Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor of the Ferry Building (Embarcadero at Market St.), San Francisco
Sarah Elton is a national bestselling author, journalist, and frequent speaker. Her first book, Locavore: From Farmers’ Fields to Rooftop Gardens, How Canadians Are Changing the Way We Eat, won Gold at the Canadian Culinary Book Awards. She has written for publications such as Maclean’s Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, and TheAtlantic.com.
Nigel Walker is the owner of Eatwell Farm, a 105-acre organic farm Dixon, California. He was born in Leicester, England, and studied at Writtle Agricultural College in Essex. Though the school-taught production farming with chemicals, Nigel received permission to fulfill his practicum at an organic farm in Kent, England. He travelled to Israel in 1985 to study drip irrigation in a country where “if you waste water it’s treason.” He returned to England and farmed there until moving to California in 1992.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »