Adult Religious Education 

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Date(s) - 11/06/2022
8:45 am - 10:00 am

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Adult Religious Education
Sunday November 6 at 9 am

The Adult Religious Education Team holds lectures and discussions about topics important to the FUSIT community on the first and third Sundays of every month. The talks start at 9 am in the Annex (enter through 208 E. Buffalo St) and coffee and treats are served at 8:45 am.

Information about this week’s talk can be found on the flyer and below.

Like clean air and water, nutritious food is the foundation for life.  Prior to WWII in Central NY, food was the foundation of family time through growing, preserving, preparing, and eating food together.  Now we eat differently. Ninety percent of our food is supplied by mammoth agri-business, which ships it an average of 1500 miles to our plate, then controls the market by paying farmers too little to sustain themselves while buying up grocery store shelf space to stifle local entrepreneurs and stocking these shelves with overprocessed foods devoid of nutrients and loaded with sugar, fats, and salt to satisfy our tastebuds, thus creating a health crisis of diabetes
and heart disease.

Our Food System is not equitable. Locally $7.4M is needed annually to meet the needs of our community’s food insecure families. And it is not efficient with an annual average of 224 pounds of food thrown away per person. The Food Policy County, in conjunction with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, gathered the voices of over 2000 residents to articulate a resilient, equitable, and healthy food system vision which directly addresses our system’s vulnerabilities with local actions to build a robust, equitable, and healthy local system.

Don Barber is the chair of the Food Policy Council of Tompkins County which spearheaded, with County government and the Community Foundation funding, the creation of the first ever Food System Plan for Tompkins County.  Don developed the important relationships to support
this effort through his over 30 years in local government and his lifelong commitment to growing his family’s food and building healthy soil. Don has been a member of the FUSIT congregation since 1987 and currently serves as a Trustee.