We don’t hear about food equality as much as, say, sustainability, climate change or Popeye’s new chicken sandwich.


But every part of the food system deals with an equity issue, from how farmers gain access to land on which they can grow food to how consumers pay for the food once it’s in a grocery store, farmers market or, in the case of a viral chicken sandwich, a fast food chain.


On Friday, the Huston-Tillotson University is teaming up with the Ecosphere Studies program at The Land Institute in Kansas to host a free presentation from Alex Racelis, who is a professor of agroecology and resilient food systems in the School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences at the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.


At 7 p.m. Friday in the King-Seabrook Chapel, 900 Chicon St., Racelis will talk about the work he’s doing with his students to learn how agriculture, urban development, invasive species and resource management not only affect ecological processes, but also how they relate to other social and environmental issues. (There will be free parking in the Chalmers Avenue lot and free street parking around campus.)


Land Institute chief strategy officer Rachel Stroer will introduce Racelis and facilitate the discussion, and Racelis will participate in a conversation with TLI’s director of ecosphere studies, Aubrey Streit Krug, and associate professor of biology at Huston-Tillotson University, Amanda Masino .


After Racelis’ event on Friday night, Huston-Tillotson University and the Land Institute are hosting a free two-day workshop with Land Institute co-founder Wes Jackson on building diverse, socially just food hubs called “An Agroecological Worldview in Action,” which you can register for by emailing ecosphere@landinstitute.org.


You can find out more about both of these events at landinstitute.org.


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