Event To Look At Local Food Economy And ‘Changing The Way People Eat’

by Gabe Bullard on February 7, 2011

A group of local food advocates will host a public event this weekend at Bellarmine University.

The event is centered around watching a live webcast from the TEDx group in New York. The webcast is focused on changing the way people eat.

In Louisville, organizer Stephen Reily says that means putting locally-produced food on the table in homes, restaurants and school cafeterias. He says that will require better logistics and infrastructure—the city needs a distribution system for local food as well as local slaughterhouses and centers to clean and process food.

“You think about all the things we have and the food industry has around non locally-grown food and our vision would be for Louisville to have multiple businesses that do all of those things,” he says.

During his campaign, Mayor Greg Fischer pledged to support the local food industry. Fischer will speak at the event about his plans to follow through on that promise.

“I think really the only thing I can say right now, it’s just that the focus [of Fischer’s speech] will be how Louisville can uniquely put our local economy behind the local food economy,” says Reily.

The meeting is open to the public. It runs from 10:30 am to 6 pm. Fischer will speak at 12:45.

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