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New Zealand sociologist presents on the politics of food Sept. 25

September 18, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Hugh Campbell, one of the world’s leading experts on the social dynamics of sustainable agriculture, will speak at Montana State University's Museum of the Rockies on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

Campbell’s talk, “The Future of Food Politics (or Why Food is Not Coal),” is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served prior to the talk. The lecture is part of the Montana Institute on Ecosystems’ Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series.

Campbell is chair of sociology and head of the Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work at the University of Otago in New Zealand. He directed the Center for Sustainability from 2000 to 2010.

Campbell has examined the social and economic dimensions of developing sustainable agriculture in New Zealand and explored food auditing, new governance structures in food chains, environmental auditing and the necessity to shift New Zealand food exporting from “quantities to qualities.”

The Montana Institute on Ecosystems is a multi-institutional community dedicated to understanding complex ecosystems and the interconnectedness of people and nature. For more information, visit

Contact: Martha Sellers, Montana Institute on Ecosystems, (406) 994-7568,