ORONO – The University of Maine played host Saturday to a Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association event aimed at raising awareness about how local food systems and farming directly affect everyday health.
The objectives of “From Farm to Healthy Body: A Sustainable Model for the Planet and the Individual” were to improve awareness of how and why practices, conditions and behaviors involved in planting, growing, harvesting, transporting and processing food have, for better or worse, a huge impact on human health.
One university official talked about the questions they tried to find answers to at the conference.
“How do we determine that food is safe to eat? How do we build community around food and our choices? How do we support local agriculture and how do we support organic agriculture?” said UMaine Clinical Nutrition Professor Dorothy Klimis-Zacas.
The calendar for future Fulbright events can be located on their website.