Anyone who has driven the four miles from the long-shuttered Edgehill Piggly Wiggly to the gleaming Whole Foods in Green Hills knows what Mark Winne is talking about when he chronicles the divide between the nutritional haves and have-nots. A journalist and food activist for 30 years, Winne focuses his work on the modern history of eating and farming and how it led to the U.S.s two-tiered food-supply system. His 2008 book Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty explores the intertwined issues of welfare, farm subsidies, supermarket deserts, food banks, obesity, diabetes, community gardens and CSAs. Drawing from experience leading the Hartford Food Service in Connecticut, Winne emphasizes expanding access to healthy foods for consumers of all income levels. Food Security Partners of Middle Tennessee hosts this free talk and signing.
Thu., July 24, 6 p.m., 2008