WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Whitman’s Campus Climate Challenge, a student group dedicated to fighting climate change, is hosting an event in support of local farmers on Friday, Sept. 21. Farmers and other interested townspeople are invited to lunch from noon to 1 p.m. on Ankeny Field for fresh pie, fresh produce and music in support of Congress passing an equitable farm bill.

 Campus Climate Change is hosting this free event in support of a National Student Day of Action for an Equitable Farm Bill, a movement initiated at the University of Washington and Vassar College.

 At Whitman’s event, attendees will be given the option of signing letters that will be sent to their senators asking them to support a farm bill that is fair to all farmers, boosts conservation and backs programs that help farmers protect natural resources. Campus Climate Change is particularly interested in supporting renewable energy initiatives such as cellulosic ethanol, wind power and bio-energy, said Lisa Curtis, a member of the group.

 The new 2007 Farm Bill that has been passed by the house is up for vote in the Senate soon, she said, and bill has the potential to stop government hand-outs and make small farming more economically feasible. Current policies of subsidies and artificially low energy prices are what make large-scale factory farms economically feasible. “Cheap oil will not last forever,” added Curtis, “and as the price of oil rises, Americans will be forced to reevaluate our food systems and place more emphasis on less energy-intensive agricultural methods, like smaller-scale local and organic agriculture.”

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CONTACT: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156
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Lisa Curtis, Campus Climate Change, (510) 872-9269, curtislm@whitman.edu