Eating, Reading, and Living Well series

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op present the eighth annual Eating, Reading, and Living Well series — a selection of films and discussions focusing on food and learning to live a healthier life. All programs are free and open to the public.

Panel Discussion: The Future of Food in a Changing Climate – Tuesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice St.:

By 2050, a projected 9.7 billion people will inhabit the planet. How will we produce enough food to support this population as climate change stresses the environment? This panel explores the latest research on the worldwide impact of climate change and what it means for agriculture and food access in Minnesota.

 Panelists include: Valentine Cadieux, director of sustainability and environmental studies at Hamline University; Deepak Ray, senior scientist with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota; and moderator Elizabeth Dunbar, senior reporter at MPR News. 

Film Screening & Discussion: “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story” – Monday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. ǀ Metropolitan State University Library, Ecolab Room, 645 East Seventh St.:

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines, and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? In this feature length documentary, filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin dive into the issue of food waste from the farm, through retail, and all the way to the back of their own fridge.

A moderated discussion follows the film.

Local Choices, Global Impact: Your Role in the Food System – Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. ǀ Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Ave.:

The food system is complex and multifaceted. It affects human health, the environment, and the economy and is closely linked to our culture and sense of community. Kristine Igo, associate director of the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute at the University of Minnesota, discusses the structure of this interconnected system and shows how individual choices influence larger food system dynamics.

The Eating, Reading and Living Well series is sponsored by Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op. Learn more about the series at


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