Eating, Reading and Living Well

Eating, Reading and Living Well is an annual series of films, lectures, and discussions focusing on food and learning to live a healthier life. Presented by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library and sponsored by Mississippi Market.


2017 Fall Season

Panel Discussion: “The Future of Food in a Changing Climate”

Tuesday, September 19, 7:00 p.m.
Rice Street Library, 1011 Rice Street, Saint Paul

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 will explore the latest research on the worldwide impact of climate change and what it means for agriculture and food access in Minnesota. Panelists will also discuss emerging technologies for food production and will highlight some of the innovative new processes that are already being implemented in Minnesota. Moderated by Elizabeth Dunbar, environment reporter for Minnesota Public Radio.

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Film Screening & Discussion: “Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story”

Monday, September 25, 7:00 p.m.
Metropolitan State University Library, Ecolab Room, 645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul

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.

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Presentation: “Local Choices, Global Impact: Understanding Your Role in the Food System”

Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 p.m.
Merriam Park Library, 1831 Marshall Avenue, Saint Paul

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, will discuss the structure of this interconnected system and show how individual choices influence larger food system dynamics.

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Mississippi Market LogoThe Eating, Reading & Living Well Series is made possible through generous support by Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op—St. Paul’s premier source for local & organic produce, sustainably raised meats, and delicious, healthful food.