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Sept. 21, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Anuradha Mittal, director of the Oakland Institute, will give the lecture, "Food Sovereignty: Challenging Corporate Takeover of our Food System," Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The lecture, which is open to the public without charge, is part of the Science, Technology and Society Series at Bucknell, sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and several other Bucknell offices and departments.

"Mittal will question whether food security is threatened by the increasing control of global corporations over the food system," said Kim Daubman, associate professor of psychology at Bucknell and faculty coordinator for the series.

"Her lecture begins the discussion of how technological and scientific advances in agriculture as well as globalization of the food system impact the social and natural worlds."

A native of India, Mittal is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agricultural issues.

She is the author and editor of numerous articles and books including Voices from the South: Third World Speaks Out Against Genetic Engineering, America Needs Human Rights and The Future in the Balance: Essays on Globalization and Resistance.

Founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute, a new policy think tank, she has served as co-director of Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.

According to Daubman, other speakers in the series are Satish Kumar who will discuss the philosophy of food on Oct. 18; investigative reporter Eric Schlosser who will discuss fast food as a revolutionary force Nov. 15; Bucknell biology professor Gary Sojka will lead a panel discussion of concentrated animal feeding operations on March 8; and John Ikerd will examine sustainable food economics on April 5.

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