U of M Will Host World Food Day Teleconference for "Warm and Hungry Planet" University News
For release: September 30, 2008

For press information, contact Barbara McClanahan, 901-678-4523

Climate change affects food supplies globally and locally, and it is vital that everyone on the planet have access to high quality food. To increase awareness of this issue of growing concern, the University of Memphis’ Health Promotion Program will host the World Food Day teleconference, “Choices for a Warm and Hungry Planet,” Oct. 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Panhellenic Building Ballroom.

The teleconference panel will include Dr. Nancy Birdsall, founding president of the Center for Global Development; Dr. Siwa Msangi, a research fellow at the International Food Policy Institute; and Mark Ritchie, Minnesota secretary of state and former president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.  Ray Suarez will be the program host.

Attendance at the teleconference is open to the public.  There is no charge, but people who attend are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and to plan to skip lunch and donate their lunch money to the Memphis Food Bank.

For more information, call 901-678-1427.

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