Upcoming Environmental Events Feature Food Activists, Nader, Eco-Heroes

Food activist Raj Patel will be visiting Pittsburgh October 21 for a dinner benefiting the anti-hunger and anti-poverty group Just Harvest. The Allegheny Frontís Jennifer Szweda Jordan speaks with Patel about his reflections on food policy after the G-20 and his belief that climate change and hunger can be fought together. Listen to the WEB EXCLUSIVE full interview. Food writer Michael Pollan will be speaking at the Three Rivers Bioneers Conference on Friday, Oct. 16 Ralph Nader will speak at Point Park University on Monday, Oct. 19, and the Group Against Smog and Pollution Celebrates its 40th anniversary with a recognition of 40 local Environmental Heroes on Friday, Oct. 23. See below for links.

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OPEN: Next week, food activist Raj Patel will be visiting Pittsburgh for a dinner benefiting the anti-hunger and anti-poverty group Just Harvest. The Allegheny Front's Jennifer Szweda Jordan speaks with Patel.

JORDAN: Raj Patel has written one of the most provocatively titled food books on the market today. It's called Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. He's a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Center for African Studies. And he's one of dozens of scholars on that campus who are exploring the challenges of modern agriculture. Not only will Patel be in Pittsburgh to speak at the Just Harvest dinner, he was here as a protestor at the recent G20 International Summit in the city. Patel says the world leaders said far too little about world hunger at that meeting.

PATEL: Twice as many people are affected by the fact that food is much more expensive and their incomes are much lower than are directly affected by the financial crisis. What we didnít hear from our leaders was any sort of appreciation of the scale of how the financial crisis borne out of greed mainly in the United States but also in banks around the world is causing in terms of hunger around the world.

JORDAN: Patel isn't the only critic of the world food system who's coming to Pittsburgh. The even better-known author of such books as Omnivoreís Dilemma, Michael Pollan, will speak at the Bioneers conference. There are also other speakers in the region and events coming up, including an appearance by Ralph Nader, and the Group Against Smog and Pollutionís 40th anniversary event. Links are at alleghenyfront.org

For The Allegheny Front, Iím Jennifer Szweda Jordan.

OUTRO: You can listen to the 15-minute version of Jenniferís interview with Patel at alleghenyfront.org.