Caitlyn Jordan Author Alan Guebert and his daughter Mary Grace Foxwell, who graduated from Saint Mary’s in 2007, spoke in Rice Commons on Monday about their recently released memoir, “The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey.” The book is a collection of memories gathered from Guebert’s stories and reflections written for his weekly “Farm and Food File” column, which has run in the South Bend Tribune and 70 other newspapers for more than 20 years, Foxwell said in an interview with The Observer last week.Of his daughter, who co-wrote the memoir with him, Guebert said, “[The book] wouldn’t have happened without her. … She got the education here [at Saint Mary’s] that I wish I got.”At the event, he recounted stories from his life growing up on his family farm, and also answered questions about farming in the U.S. and the trajectory of agriculture.In his response to a question about the political demographic of the farming community in the United States today, Guebert took the opportunity to share some of his opinions on current policy issues affecting agriculture.“No socioeconomic group is more defined than farmers,” he said. Guebert continued on to say the group overall falls within the policy preferences of the Republican Party.Citing excessive waste, among other issues, Guebert stressed the importance of preserving the environment, in particular farms that produce our food.“This is the stuff we eat, this is the stuff we breathe,” he said of farm produce, continuing on to express concern over the increasing use of pesticides in commercial farming as well as the inclusion of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in American food.Guebert went on to compare European food culture with that of the U.S. In Europe, he said, food and community are closely intertwined, and meals present more of a family event than they do in the United States.“You never hear the word community, you never hear the word family [about food in the U.S.],” he said.In addition to the differing cultures surrounding food, Guebert also said that in the U.S. a disparity exists in the quality of food that members of different socioeconomic classes consume. “The rich eat well, the poor eat poorly,” he said.While those with means can afford to shop for organic, high-quality food at expensive high-end stores such as Whole Foods, the poor are left with options that are highly processed and which possess less nutrients, he said. Guebert argued that this contributes to the problem of health care in the U.S.Guebert stressed the importance of movements to return agriculture to a culture of small-scale, family-owned farms instead farms owned and operated by large corporations to improve the quality of food in the United States.“I remain hopeful. … What works? What we used to do.”Tags: family farming, food, SMC
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Who the hell does this dictator think he is. It is time that the business owners in nys enlist Mr. Cambria to represent them as well and get this dictators powers stripped from him through a federal court. Some of His orders have already been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Nys stand up and fight for what you believe in and fight for your freedom before you have no freedoms left thanks to king Cuomo. We continue to let this man do what he is doing and he keeps these powers until April of 2021 no one will recognise this state at that point. MGN ImageORCHARD PARK – There’s still a glimmer of hope for Bills fans wanting to attend the October 15 game.Governor Andrew Cuomo now plans to come and tour Bills Stadium to help him decide if and when fans should be allowed inside.The announcement comes one day after the Bills announced there would be no fans in the stands for the foreseeable future.“I am 100% eager about the games but I’m gonna go out, meet with the team leadership, tour the stadium,” Gov. Cuomo said on a press phone call Wednesday. “We have engineers looking at the situation now to see if there’s a way we can work it out- but again with safety, the complicating factor, the overall infection rate in WNY, but we’re working on it and we’re working on it actively.” The Governor did not say when he will be touring the stadium.On Tuesday, the Bills organization released a statement saying they won’t be allowing fans back into Bills Stadium anytime soon.Last month, the team announced there wouldn’t be fans at the first two home games of the season based on guidance from the department of health.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUES President/CEO John Pembroke discusses the latest group of 2015 Golden Mirror Award winners. We chat with John about how each year the winning entries seem to get more and more sophisticated — and even fun. This increasing quality bodes well for the industry and its growing image. Check it out — and go look at the winners for inspiration.