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It’s a new kind of cattle drive.

The locavore movement has taken off in a big way, with locally grown food and, often, small and/or organic farm origins holding great appeal for those interested in lowering their carbon footprint and avoiding many of the chemicals added to mass-produced produce and meat. Visit any local farmers’ market and you’ll find flavorful chicken, lamb, bison, pork and more—all coming from surrounding counties.

This coming Wednesday, February 9 at Bellarmine University, two well-known food writers—author Daniel Imhoff and former Courier-Journal food editor Sarah Fritschner—will discuss the benefits and options for buying locally raised meat. Imhoff, who focuses on farming and the environment, is the author of Farming with the Wild: Enhancing Biodiversity on Farms and Ranches (Sierra Club) and is president of the Wild Farm Alliance, a national organization that promotes sustainable agriculture. His lecture, “Animal Factory: The Truth About the Meat You Eat and How You Can Change the System,” will be followed by a book signing and a panel discussion. Fritschner will moderate the panel, which will feature a farmer and a processor-distributor.

The event is sponsored by Bellarmine University's Center for Regional Environmental Studies, Sierra Club Cumberland Chapter and Greater Louisville Group Sierra Club.

The lecture, which will start at 7 p.m., will be held at Hilary’s on the first floor of Horrigan Hall. Visitors who do not have Bellarmine parking passes are asked to park in the freshman parking area near the tennis courts; passenger drop-off is available in Franciscan Circle immediately to the north of Horrigan. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jason Cissell, Bellarmine’s director of media relations, at 272-8329 or [email protected].

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