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Hi all, a briefly but significant recap of this past month and some exciting things coming up. First, check out the pictures of the very first Urban Livestock Expo, happened last February 16 in Chicago. I was thrilled to watch, learn and help documenting the event presented by the Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA), Chicago Chicken EnthusiastsAngelic Organics Learning Center and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

The expo gathered many representatives of urban livestock groups with the purpose to teach and guide people on raising animals responsibly in the city. Advocates of chickens, bees, goats and rabbits groups brought out topics like quality care, food supplies, manure management, and healthy and good habits with the goal to “foster the health and well being of animals and people living together in the city, to highlight livestock as part of an integrated ecological urban lifestyle, and to increase local food security – starting in our backyards”.

If you have any interest just check the links above, I am sure each of these groups will be prompt to help answering your questions. Or, you can still get to know better some of these organizations and meet a bunch of other food enthusiast, farmers and Chicago chefs at the Good Food Festival & Conference.

The event will be opened Thursday 14 with a financial conference followed by the Trade Show, School Food and Policy Summit on Friday and the Good Food Festival on Saturday. If you want to transform the way you eat and live, that’s the opportunity.

Now, speaking on food security, an amazing and remarkable course, “An Introduction to the U.S. Food System: Perspectives from Public Health” offered online for free by the John Hopkins University just came to an end this past week. You sure will hear more about what I have learned from these classes but if you have any interest, it is still time to watch the videos; they are available through March 30.

Even if you are outside the US, still, it is a valid insight on the modern food system and how food production practices and what we choose to eat impacts the world in which we live in all levels! Let’s eat responsibly!

2 Responses to “Good Food Festival and month recap”

  1. Tigris

    Or you could just… not eat meat? It really isn’t the most important thing in the world.

  2. amanda areias

    Hi Tigris, I understand your point! But I still believe these groups and organizations do an awesome an important job on guiding people interest in raising animal in the city. Most of the time the main purpose is not meat consumption but having access to fresh eggs every day or enough milk to produce your own cheese :)

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