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Farm to Family: Fontbonne Event Tracks the Food We Eat

ST. LOUIS – Where does your food come from, and why does it matter? These are the questions Fontbonne University will be asking as it welcomes food traceability expert Gary Fleming during the community kick-off of its fifth annual dedicated semester, “Foodology: The Culture, Science and Economics of Food.”  

Fontbonne welcomes the general public to the kick-off event, called “From Farm to Family: Tracking the Food We Serve," which will take place Thursday, Sept. 27, at 6 p.m. at the Third Degree Glass Factory. The cost is $35, which includes heavy appetizers and cocktails.

Fleming, a produce industry veteran who helped orchestrate the founding of the nonprofit Food Traceability Initiative, will discuss the importance of proactivity when it comes to tracking food, the benefit of industry-wide traceability standards, and how traceability indirectly affects consumers.  

“We all must eat, so we all have a stake in this issue,” said Fleming. "During a food recall, industry-wide traceability standards would allow us to trace contaminated food back to the source and forward to the seller, making the impact on the general public significantly less severe, if not inconsequential." 

“Foodology: The Culture, Economics and Science of Food” is the subject of the university’s 2012 dedicated semester, a collaborative academic experience that encourages the entire university to explore a single theme each fall semester. Courses, panels, events, films and speakers, many which are free and open to the public, will illustrate Foodology, the university’s 6th annual dedicated semester.

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Learn more about the dedicated semester.