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McKay Jenkins – January 31, 2017

Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the

American Diet

Tuesday, January 31 at 6:30pm

Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

415 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

In Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet, environmental writer McKay Jenkins travels across the U.S.—from the Monsanto headquarters in St. Louis to the papaya fields of Hawaii to a family farm in the Chesapeake Bay that grows grapes and tomatoes for local vegetable markets alongside GMO corn and soybeans—to get to the bottom of the GMO debate.

Jenkins discovers that the GMO controversy is far more complex than meets the eye. There are many farmers, scientists, and consumers with stakes in the GMO game, and each has a strong opinion about why their stance is the correct one. Jenkins paints a complex picture of the role that GMOs necessarily play in the industrial food system, with shocking revelations on both sides of the debate.

McKay Jenkins is the author of seven books, including ContamiNationThe Last Ridge, and Bloody Falls of the Coppermine. The Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English, journalism, and environmental humanities at the University of Delaware, Jenkins lives with his wife and two children in Baltimore.

Presented in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library as part of the Sustainable Speakers Series.

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Thursday, October 13 at 7:00pm


Wenonah Hauter

Frackopoly: The Battle for the Future of Energy and the Environment

Thursday, October 13 at 7:00pm

Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210

Over the past decade a new and controversial energy extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has rocketed to the forefront of U.S. energy production. With fracking, millions of gallons of water, dangerous chemicals, and sand are injected under high pressure deep into the earth, fracturing hard rock to release oil and gas.

In her new book, Wenonah Hauter argues that the rush to fracking is dangerous to the environment and treacherous to human health. Frackopoly describes how the fracking industry began; the technologies that make it possible; and the destruction and poisoning of clean water sources and the release of harmful radiation from deep inside shale deposits, creating what the author calls “sacrifice zones” across the American landscape. The book also examines the powerful interests that have supported fracking, including leading environmental groups, and offers a thorough debunking of its supposed economic benefits.

Wenonah Hauter is a longtime public interest advocate working on energy, environmental and agricultural issues. She is the founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch, a watchdog group with offices around the United States. She is the author of Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America.

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and Baltimore Green Works for the Sustainable Speaker Series.

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