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LCC to Kick-off Annual Community Read on September 8

September 7, 2016

LANSING, MICH. - Are we what we eat? How do we feed the world? And why is it possible to purchase a fresh tomato at the grocery store in the middle of a Michigan winter? Ponder these questions and more by engaging in Lansing Community College's (LCC) One Book #OneLCC community read of Tomatoland.

The College invites the community to join them in kicking-off One Book #OneLCC 2016 on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the LCC Library. Through the lens of a compelling book, One Book #OneLCC encourages the greater Lansing community to engage in special events, discussions, and community conversations that enhance knowledge and understanding of complex societal issues.

This year, Tomatoland offers our community a rich opportunity to engage in conversation and exploration of issues such as farmworkers rights and labor movements, agriculture, biodiversity and biotechnology, economics and food policy, food systems, and more.

Year-long programming surrounding the project includes book discussions, workshops, discussion panels, guest speakers, and other specials events. All events are free and open to the public.

Attendees at the September 8 Kick-off event will enjoy various activities including a blind tomato tasting, an introduction to food waste journaling, light snacks, and free books while supplies last.

For more information about One Book #OneLCC, please contact Victoria Meadows at 517-483-1648 or visit

About Tomatoland

This timely expose on industrial farming explores the modern production of tomatoes, highlighting the health, taste, and political and social costs of providing cheap, ostensibly seasonal produce year round. The volume explores the history of genetic experimentation with tomato crops, deterioration of heirloom stocks and the attendant sacrifices of taste for durability, and delves into the harsh labor practices, often illegal and occasionally including literal slavery, that run rampant in American tomato fields. The volume is written in an engaging style that will appeal to general readers with an interest in food politics. From Reference & Research Book News Dec. 2011.

About Barry Estabrook

A three-time James-Beard-Award-winning journalist, Barry Estabrook is the author of Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat and of Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Estabrook was a contributing editor at Gourmet magazine and his work has appeared in the New York Times "Dining" section and the New York Times Magazine, Men's Health, Eating Well, Saveur, Gastronomica, and many other national magazines. He has been anthologized in The Best American Food Writing 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with approximately 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education, and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit, and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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