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2013-14 common read book for students enrolled in University of Northern Iowa Cornerstone courses.
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      The Mission of the American Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the United States and Canada.
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      An idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.


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    Students at the University of Northern Iowa outside of Rod Library
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    Join the Cornerstone students and the Reaching for Higher Ground 2013-2014 Project: Food Matters in reading this year's common read book, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields, and the Dinner Table, by Tracie McMillan.   Scheduled author visit to UNI on 10/14/2013, 7 pm, Lang Hall Auditorium.







    Tracie McMillan, Photo by Bart Nagel

    Bio and ExpertiseTracie McMillan Website.

    A working-class transplant from rural Michigan, Brooklyn-based writer Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. Mixing immersive reporting, undercover investigative techniques and “moving first-person narrative” (Wall Street Journal), McMillan’s book argues for thinking of fresh, healthy food as a public and social good—a stance that inspired The New York Times to call her “a voice the food world needs” and Rush Limbaugh to single her out as an “overeducated” “authorette” and “threat to liberty.”

    Tracie McMillan. Biography. Contempory Authors Online. Biography in Context database.

    Going Undercover In A Detroit Walmart, Christina Shockly and Emily Fox, November 5, 2012, Michigan Public Radio.

    Looking At The Way We Eat In America, Tess Vigeland, October 26, 2012 Marketplace, American Public Media.

    Muckraking Journalist on 'The American Way Of Eating, Rebekah Denn, October 17, 2012.

    As Common as Dirt: In the Fields of California, Wage Theft is How Agribusiness is Done, , McMillan, Tracie, The American Prospect. 23.7 (September-October 2012) p40.

    McMillan: We're All Foodies, Tracie McMillan, March 8, 2012, Savannah Morning News.

    The American Way of Eating': What It's Like Picking Fruit as a Laborer, Tracie McMillan, March 8, 2012, The Atlantic.

    Going Undercover in the Belly of Our Beastly Food Chain, Kerry Trueman, February, 29 2012, The Huffington Post.

    The American Way of Eating-Who Eats at Applebee’s—and Why? Tracie McMillan, February 16, 2012,

    The Journey from Farm to the Dinner Table, February 21, 2012, Marketplace, American Public Media 



    Theme - Food Matters

    Why does food matter?
    Because we all eat! But more importantly, whether we think about it or not, who eats what when and where that food comes from is political. While eating is a personal issue, our decisions related to it have global, national and local impact that is worth our consideration.

    Social Justice:
    Food justice means everyone having access to enough quality food for a healthy life. Questions related to food and social justice could include: What are the food justice issues in the location, production, marketing and distribution of food? What are workplace issues concerning labor practices? What are government and corporate policies that affect those issues at local, national and global levels? What are the appropriate roles of governments and corporations in making food safe, healthy and affordable? What practices prevent people from getting the information they need for healthy decisions (e.g., lack of transparency, even deceptions, in food packaging)?

    Food education means we are knowledgeable enough about food and its production to make good decisions related to the food issues at the center of our health, culture and economy. Our capacity to produce food has never been higher, yet we live in a world where people go hungry. Questions related to food and education could include: How and when do my food choices affect the lives of myself and others? What do I need to know about food and its production, marketing, and distribution and policy in order to make effective food choices on the local, national and global scale? And if we do know enough, why aren't we making good decisions?

    Food has become one of the central drivers of the global economy: high food production, yet many go hungry; food as a tool to leverage peace and overthrow governments; food as a resource for energy or for human consumption. Questions related to food and economics could include: The food safety net - does it work? Global food commodities - can we be food independent? Food vs. energy - what is the greater need? America's love affair with meat. What happens when our culture demands food that is inefficient to produce?



      The American Community Gardening Association thanks Woodbridge by Mondavi for their support of projects around the country, November 7, 2012.



      Come see the new exhibit on the 2013/14 Common Read book, American Way of Eating, by Tracie McMillan. The book selection reflects this year’s Reaching for Higher Ground theme:  Food Matters.  The display is located outside the Collection Management Office on the west side of the main floor.


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