Leading advocate of locally-grown food speaking Friday | AspenTimes.com

Leading advocate of locally-grown food speaking Friday

A leading defender of locally-grown food systems and advocate for chemical-free food production will give a free lecture at Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen at 7 p.m. Friday.

Farmer Joel Salatin is a passionate contributor to the ongoing discussion about opting out of the conventional food paradigm. He was featured in Michael Pollan’s Omnivore Dilemma, the documentary “Food Inc.” and in National Geographic.

Salatin’s farm, Polyface Inc., represents non-industrial food production, is family owned, multigenerational and pasture-based. Polyface farm produces beef, pork, poultry, eggs, rabbits and forestry products.

His free lecture is being presented as part of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies Jessica Catto Dialogues. The city of Aspen Parks and Recreation Department and Pitkin County Open Space and Trails are helping present the lecture.

“Worldwide, agriculture contributes 25 to 30 percent of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chris Lane, CEO of Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. “That is more emissions than every car, train and plane in the world. Activities like raising dense populations of livestock in indoor facilities and using nitrogen-rich fertilizers contribute to agriculture’s high greenhouse-gas footprint as well as water and air pollution. The good news is that agriculture, when done sustainably, is an important part of mitigating climate change and protecting land and water resources.”

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