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Locally grown foods will
be discussed during the fourth session of a five-part in-service
training series for dietitians, home economists and other interested
health care professionals. The purpose of this training session is
to familiarize health care professionals with the issues surrounding
locally grown foods. The teleconference is scheduled for 3:30-5:30
p.m. April 15 at the University of Illinois Extension office at 980
N. Postville Drive.
Both producer and consumer interest in
locally grown foods is increasing. Proponents point to many
advantages. Transportation costs often associated with nationally or
globally marketed produce are diminished. Local produce can add to
neighborhood economies and offer them more diversification and
stability. And consumers feel more connected to their food supply.
Additionally, produce grown and
consumed at the local level can be harvested at peak ripeness, thus
offering better taste, which can encourage consumption. Concern over
the susceptibility of mass-produced and marketed foods to
unintentional food-borne illnesses as well as bioterrorism also is
increasing interest in locally grown and marketed foods.
Faculty and staff at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will be leading the discussion. Daniel
Anderson will explain how local food systems contribute to
agricultural sustainability. David Schejbal will tell of the
operation and purpose of the Allerton Diversified Farm in growing
local produce. Rebecca Roach will discuss strategies to develop
markets for locally grown produce. Finally, Robert Reber will
discuss the nutritional implications of increasing the availability
of locally grown foods.
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The American Dietetic Association has
approved two continuing professional education hours of in-service
credit for registered dietitians taking this session and two hours
of credit for the final session in the series.
be a $10 charge for the April 15 class. For more information on this
and the remaining session in the series, please call 732-8289.
[News release from the
Logan County office
of University of Illinois Extension]
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