Urban Sustainability Forum: Challenging the benefits of sustainable agriculture

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On Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., the Academy of Natural Sciences will host the panel: Is Sustainable Agriculture Bad for the Planet?Does buying local food make a difference or just make you smug? Is organic overkill? Could factory farms be better for the planet than happy hogs, cows and chickens? On October 18 at 6 p.m., join a panel of farming and sustainable food experts to examine some of the core assumptions of the sustainable food movement and debate what it really takes to eat right for the planet. The panel will feature Coach Mark Smallwood, the executive director of the Rodale Institute; James McWilliams, author of "Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Sustainably"; and farmer and writer Blake Hurst, author of the "Omnivore's Delusion." The event, Is Sustainable Agriculture Bad for the Planet?, is a must for Philadelphians ready to challenge their assumptions of how to eat right. Get beyond the hype and focus on what works to save natural resources and cut pollution.

This panel is part of the Urban Sustainability Forum hosted by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Tickets are available here.

-- Bernard Brown