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Saving Local Farms: A Critical Step for Sustainability

May 11, 2005
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The Sweet House
254 E. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States

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Organized by:
Jeff Seaver
Phone: (616) 892-9300
Email: jeff@cfimichigan.org


Tom Cary, told us that we are soon coming to the end of easy petroleum products, urban sprawl is increasing and economic woes are especially hard hitting here in west Michigan. Agriculture, he believes, will play a critical role in our recovery, health and well being, so long as changes are made. We are all dependent on food and energy. Producing food in a way that is not short sighted and damaging to the environment, while deriving our energy needs from elsewhere than our current petrol-based means, will be the key in creating a sustainable future. At present it is hard for business to move forward when all ecosystems on the planet are suffering or threatened.

About Tom Cary, MA

Program Director for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Antioch University

Tom Cary has been with the West MI Environmental Action Council since June of 1994. He has worked on a variety of projects of benefit to the environment while also promoting sustainable green business practices. He coordinated the Adopt-A-Stream and Lake Monitoring programs and also initiated the Religion, Ecology and Spirituality work group and the Stream Search programHis current focus is sustainable food systems, and he initiated the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council. Cary completed a Masters of Arts degree in Community and the Environment from Antioch University, Seattle, Washington, with interest in sustainable food systems, ecopsychology and environmental economics. He also received a B.S. in Chemistry from Hope College, was part of an environmental contracting/testing company and traveled throughout Europe and Africa.