The Good Food Revolution  Events

The University of Florida Common Reading Program is excited to bring you several featured events for this year's CRP selection, The Good Food Revolution.

Spring 2015

A Conversation with Mark Lynas
January 8 at 5:00 p.m.; Doors Open at 4:45 p.m.
HPNP Auditorium

Mark Lynas is a prominent UK environmental activist and author, primarily addressing issues in climate change, biotechnology and nuclear energy.  During the 1990’s he helped build the anti-GMO movement, working in conjunction with organizations such as Greenpeace. After critically considering the science, he openly criticized climate-change skeptics—but then realized he held beliefs counter to science with respect to biotechnology.  In the last several years he has become an advocate for the safe use of transgenic (GMO) technology, especially as it may help the poor and the environment. In 2013 he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow for Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, where he teaches issues in biotechnology, food security, and environmental sustainability.

Entrepreneurship Panel
February 23 at 6:30 p.m.; Doors Open at 6:00 p.m.
J.W. Reitz Union, Auditorium

Ever wonder what it’s like to run a small business in Gainesville? In this panel discussion, you will learn directly from some of Gainesville’s local employers and entrepreneurs about key ideas that have helped them establish their business in the food industry. This event is a great way to get acquainted with the diverse Gainesville food culture and understand some of the ins-and-outs of entrepreneurship.

Where am I eating?
March 11 at 7:00 p.m.; Doors Open at 6:30 p.m.

J.W. Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom

America now imports twice as much food as it did a decade ago. What does this increased reliance on imported food mean for the people around the globe who produce our food? Kelsey Timmerman set out on a global quest to meet the farmers and fishermen who grow and catch our food, and also worked alongside them: loading lobster boats in Nicaragua, splitting cocoa beans with a machete in Ivory Coast, and hauling tomatoes in Ohio.  Kelsey explores the global food economy through compelling stories on workers’ rights, the global food crisis, fair trade, slavery, and immigration.


Fall 2014

Fight the Hunger
Sept. 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Florida Gym

Join us during Food Action Month with a panel discussion that takes you through the food chain journey. From Bread of the Mighty Food Bank to the agencies it supports and finally to the mouths it helps feed, learn why 1 in 4 people suffer from food insecurity and how there truly is no face to hunger. Attendees are encouraged to donate non-perishable food at the event.

UF Community Farm Tours
Sept. 24 from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m
Crops & Soils Lab, Building 152

Want to know how you can be a part of the "Good Food Revolution" happening right here at UF? Join local farmers as they share information and demonstrate the various projects occurring at the UF Community farms. From honey bees to information on the student clubs that are associated with these efforts, come out to the UF Community Farm to learn about all the ways you can get involved with the local food movement!

Bleed Orange and Blue; Live Green
Oct. 9 from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Florida Gym

Have you wondered how you can make your own eco-friendly cleaning products? Or if there is a difference between tap and bottled water? What about growing your own food in the comfort of your residence hall?Learn how you can be part of a more Sustainable UF through interactive demonstrations, information tables, panel discussions, and more!

Lessons from the Food Babe
Oct. 21 at 7:00 p.m.

University Auditorium

From a corporate citizen to accidental activist, Vani Hari will lay out a road map of today’s food marketplace through an understanding of the ever increasing use of chemicals in processed food and what the ordinary person can do about it.  Expect to leave with a clear plan of action for making positive food choices which can actively shape the future of the food industry.

Keepin’ it Fresh
Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m
Reitz Union

GatorNights will be Keepin’ it Fresh with activities you haven’t seen and we haven’t seen. This night we will present a fresh approach to our late night program by introducing fresh food concepts at Midnight Munchies. GatorNights is Always Friday, Always Free for UF students. Just remember your Gator1 card. Check-in will begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue until 9:00 p.m.

Summer B 2014

Museum Nights
Thursday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

In The Good Food Revolution, Will Allen brings together a community through urban farming and educational opportunities that lead to the development of community food systems across the country. Similarly, museums across the nation bring together members of the community through an appreciation of art and educational opportunities. Come be a part of the Gainesville community by participating in Museum Nights at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. Through food, music, performances, creative opportunities, and artwork, The Good Food Revolution, will come to life and bring our community together.

For more information about Museum Nights, visit Please note that Museum Nights runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., however we will only be swiping for FYF credit until 8:00 p.m. Museum Nights is an ongoing program made possible by the generous support of the University of Florida Office of the Provost and Student Government.

Get Smart, Eat Smart
Wednesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Reitz Union, Grand Ballroom

Come interact with experts from around campus through this “Ted Talk” style dialogue. Topics will include Healthy and Mindful Eating, Understanding Nutrition and Sustainability, and Community Support Eating.  Through 15 minute discussions around each topic and a short Q & A section you will get a better understanding of what healthy food choices look like. This includes understanding what’s in the food we eat that gives us energy, the importance of sustainable/local eating, and how to access these choices on campus.

Food, Inc.
Tuesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Weimer Auditorium

"More than a terrific movie- it's an important movie" –Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

With more cases of diabetes and obesity among adults, this Emmy-award winning documentary examines corporate farming in the United States. This shocking expose reveals the truth behind our nation's food industry and its effect on our health. Come learn the startling truth behind the industrial production of meat, grains, vegetables and the importance of practices such as Will Allen's in The Good Food Revolution.