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Location: Dolan Farms, Dodgeville, WI

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Location: Statewide

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Location: Lussier Family Heritage Center, Madison

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Breeding an Organic Wisconsin Cuisine

Date: July 14, 2016, 3:30-5:30pm

Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery atrium

Posted July 2016

Against the backdrop of our modern industrial-scale seed system, a human-scale seed system is emerging. In Wisconsin and worldwide, this system focuses on: whole-plant breeding, not genetic engineering; organic growers’ unique needs; regional adaptation and community participation in breeding.

This month, as a part of the “Food and the Wisconsin Idea” Food Systems Gatherings event series, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and the UW-Madison Department of Horticulture will host a panel and discussion on the topic of “Breeding an Organic Wisconsin Cuisine”.

Learn (briefly) the science and ethics behind organic and participatory plant breeding. Hear (briefly) from UW-Madison faculty and graduate students using these methods. Discuss (abundantly): How can WI cuisine develop to embrace diversity? What are the possibilities and limitations of regional plant breeding? Does WI have a local cuisine? How has it changed since you were a kid? What is the place for whole-plant breeding in a world of GE technology? How can we engage more farmers, gardeners and consumers in plant breeding?

Refreshments will be served.

Co‚Äźhosted by: School of Human Ecology; UW Extension Community Food System Team; the Jerry Kaufman Lab of Urban and Regional Planning; Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Food System Research Network and Agroecology.

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