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Food Economist Jayson Lusk to Speak at WTAMU

Feb. 9, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Mallory Vestal, 806-651-2718, mvestal@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Food Economist Jayson Lusk to Speak at WTAMU


CANYON, Texas—Food and agriculture economist Dr. Jayson Lusk will present a Distinguished Lecture Series presentation on “Food and Agricultural Controversies” at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the Alumni Banquet Facility at West Texas A&M University. The event, sponsored by the WTAMU Department of Agricultural Sciences and the Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Lusk, an economist, author and analyst, looks at what people eat and why they eat it. His areas Dr. Jayson Luskof interest range from genetically modified foods, obesity and animal welfare to super foods, calorie labels and consumer preferences. His work can be found in more than 180 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Lusk has presented lectures in venues around the world and is often asked about contemporary food policy issues in television appearances and newspaper articles. He is the author of two books—The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto about the Politics of Your Plate and Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World—the co-author of several works, including Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in food technology from Texas Tech University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Kansas State University in 2000. Lusk currently serves as the Regents Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and the Samuel Roberts Noble Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. He is president of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

The WTAMU Agricultural Ambassadors will be driving three departmental vans as a shuttle service for the Lusk event. The departmental vans will run from the parking lot north of Schaeffer Field (Buffalo Sports Park) to the Alumni Banquet Facility. Doors at the Alumni Banquet Facility will open at 5 p.m.

For more information about the Distinguished Lecture Series presentation, contact Dr. Mallory Vestal, WTAMU assistant professor of agricultural business and economics, at 806-651-2718 or mvestal@wtamu.edu.


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