CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-00011; fax (319) 384-0024
ICFRC to discuss farming and "sustainable development"
at Sept. 12 meeting
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Denise O'Brien, a past president of the National
Family Farm Coalition, will speak to members and guests of the Iowa City
Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) Friday, Sept. 12 about how agriculture
fits into international plans for "sustainable development."
In June, O'Brien spoke to delegates from 170 countries at the United
Nations Earth Summit Plus 5 -- a week-long conference convened to review
progress since the historic 1992 Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro. At the
1992 summit, world leaders endorsed the concept of sustainable development,
which entails "meeting the needs of the present without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
O'Brien says the development of an industrial model of agriculture has
caused "social, economic, and environmental devastation in our rural
areas," an opinion based on the personal experience of being forced
to scale down the farm she ran with her husband in order to take a full-time
The event, which will take place at noon in the Atrium Meeting Room
at First National Bank, is cosponsored by the UI International Programs,
and the Johnson County Chapter of United Nations Association-USA. Lunch
will be served.
Reservations are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members and
guests and must be received in the ICFRC office by Wednesday, Sept. 10.
Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed
to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more
information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They
are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments
may be made.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Monday,
Sept. 15, following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association
of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S.
foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world
societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more
than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar
Meetings are scheduled from September to June to take advantage of these
speakers and are held at noon or in the evening to allow as wide a participation
as possible from the business community, other professionals, the community
at large and students, faculty and staff from the university.
Meetings are scheduled as catered luncheons, as dinners or evening desserts
or as "Sack Lunch Seminars."
ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number
of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects
and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International
Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and
community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.
ICFRC currently has approximately 200 members. To join the ICFRC, annual
membership fees are as follows: general member's dues, $50; household of
two persons, $75; and student/visiting scholar, $20.