SDSU's Farming Issues Lecture Heating Up

SDSU's Farming Issues Lecture Heating Up

One speaker is pro modern ag, another is a leading critic. Between the twomen's appearances at SDSU, the journalism department is going to air the controversial, anti-ag movie "Food, Inc." Agriculture United for South Dakota is calling on producers and industry representatives to attend the movie and lectures.

The guest lectures on agriculture that SDSU is hosting tomorrow and the week are heating up, promoting ag industry groups to call for farmers, ranchers and industry representatives to attend.

SDSU is bringing in Wes Jamison, associate professor of communications at Palm Beach Atlantic University, to talk about "The Morality of Animal Agriculture," at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Oct. 11, at the SDSU Performing Arts Center. 

Jamison has studied the animal welfare movement for more 20 years. He is going to talk about the conflict in animal agriculture in the U.S. regarding the proper role and treatment of animals and his idea abouit how those involved in animal agriculture needs to promote the industry.

The wrong approach is to spend more money or think that you must tell your story better," he says. "What you want to tell people is that you do the right things in the right ways for the right reasons—and that meat is a good thing. It's basically that simple. It's the idea that you don't run from your moral responsibility, that you actually take it seriously—and then actually get out in front of it and advertise it."

Then on Oct. 19, SDSU will host Eric Schlosser, author of the book, "Fast Food Nation," which is considered to be an expose on agriculture and the fast food industry.

In between the two lectures, the SDSU Journalism Department will screen the move Food Inc. The screening will be held Oct. 12 at 7 pm. At the South Dakota Art Museum Alumni Audition.

Agriculture United of South Dakota has called on "today's ag" producers and industry representatives to have a prescence at the Food Inc and Fast Food Nation lecture. It is also looking into the possiblility ot hosting a tour a modern livestock facility to give students and public see a facility for themselves.

Make plans to be in Brookings Oct. 11, Oct. 12 and Oct. 19.
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