Author explores U.S. food system

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 27, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Despite a bounty of food resources in the United States, not every citizen has access to healthy meals every day. Journalist and New York Times best-selling author Tracie McMillan will visit Bloomsburg University to reveal problems she sees in the U.S. food system and present her ideas on how to solve them.

McMillan will give a lecture, “The American Way of Eating: Problems with the American Food System,” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. She will look at the way food gets from the field to the table in the U.S. and how it affects people in different social and economic classes.

McMillan has been called “a voice the food world needs” by the New York Times and singled out by conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh as an “overeducated … threat to liberty.” In a review of her book, “The American Way of Eating: Uncover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table,” Dwight Garner writes, “Ms. McMillan, like a lot of us, has grown to take an interest in fresh, well-prepared food. Her central concern, in her journalism and in this provocative book, is food and class. She stares at America’s bounty, noting that so few seem able to share in it fully, and she asks: ‘What would it take for us all to eat well?’ ”

McMillan has won awards, grants and fellowships for her social justice journalism, including a James Beard Journalism Award, an International Association of Culinary Professionals Food Matters award, and an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. Her work has been published in National Geographic, The Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal. Today, she lectures across the country about topics ranging from farming to cooking, and she has made multiple television and radio appearances on programs such as “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “All Things Considered.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.