Haven’t heard Raj Patel speak on food issues? Here’s your chance

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin and recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation s Leadership Award. Contributed by Sheila Menezes

Raj Patel is a research professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin and recent recipient of the James Beard Foundation’s Leadership Award. Contributed by Sheila Menezes

If you haven’t heard Raj Patel speak about food issues, now is your chance to change that.

(And you better. He’s a super engaging public speaker and will make you care about issues you’d never even considered.)

At an event in New York City last night, Patel was one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards, an honor the organization gives out every year to acknowledge the important work that happens outside the restaurant world.

Patel, who teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and co-hosts a food podcast called “The Secret Ingredient,” was honored for his work in improving public health through better access to food. (The other JBF winners this year were Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, co-founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers; National Black Farmers Association president John Boyd Jr.; Small Planet Institute founder Anna Lappé; and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern of Massachusetts. They were honored at a recent ceremony in New York.)

Lucky for those of us who live here, Patel will be giving a talk that is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas State University in San Marcos. The presentation in the Alkek Library’s teaching theater (Room 250), called “The Long Green Revolution,” will focus on the influence of technology, the financial industry and armed conflict on historical, current and future food production. You can find out more at the School of Family and Consumer Sciences homepage, fcs.txstate.edu.


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