Are We Eating Ourselves to Death? Catholic Scholars Ask

October 19, 2010

As patterns of food consumption reach levels that may outweigh the capacity of nature to regenerate, choices we make today could have a major impact on the life of the planet far into the future.But to what extent do our shopping carts affect changing weather patterns or the loss of biodiversity? With business leaders pursuing innovative solutions for a new "green economy," municipalities thinking about "food security" and words like "locavore" making their way into dictionaries, do religious traditions like Roman Catholicism have anything to offer?

On Wednesday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m., a panel of experts in biology, ethics, and Catholic tradition will examine the impact of our present patterns of food consumption on the environment, the poor of the earth, and the future of the planet. Discussion will focus on three critical questions. What are the principle challenges to ecological sustainability based on our present patterns of food consumption? How has catholic social teaching addressed the need for food and care for the poor? What changes are necessary for a sustainable future?

The panel will be webcast live from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business.

Panelists include Woodstock Senior Fellow, Sister Ilia Delio, OSF; ecologist Nancy Tuchman; Food and Water Watch Senior Representative, Brother David Andrews, CSC; and President of the Board of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, Bishop Frank DeWane. The forum is hosted by the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and is sponsored by the McDonough School of Business, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Sweetgreen, Inc–an exemplary green business started by Georgetown University alumni that focuses on sustainability innovation and fresh local food.

The Woodstock Theological Center is an independent, Jesuit-sponsored research institute located at Georgetown University that carries out theological and ethical reflection on the human problems of today.

WHEN: October 27, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Rafik B. Hariri Building, Lohrfink Auditorium, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, Washington, DC 20057
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