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Kevin Murphy addresses food morality at SDSU Ag Day celebration

Imagine the feed bill for 500 hungry college students. While you’re at it, figure in 2,000 free T-shirts. That’s just a snapshot of a student-led initiative that created a buzz on South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) campus in recognition of National Ag Day, March 15.

Students stepped up for agriculture after two on-campus events rocked their world late last year. The first was when an activist from Vegan Outreach handed out anti-meat flyers on campus. The next blow came in a Dec. 1, 2010 article “You truly are what you eat” printed in the school’s newspaper, The Collegian, penned by student Kyle Kranz. Agriculture students were in an uproar.

“We decided we should have an event that tells our side of the story, since we are an ag college,” said Melissa Gradert, secretary/treasurer for the Ag-Bio Prexy Council, the group that spearheaded the event.



She and other students began brainstorming on the way home from the National Block & Bridle Convention. The result: the Student Union filled with display booths from campus groups involved in agriculture; a roundtable forum with professors; groups set-up outside across campus; 2,000 bright blue T-shirts given away; a meal that fed 500 people and a nationally-recognized speaker.

Imagine the feed bill for 500 hungry college students. While you’re at it, figure in 2,000 free T-shirts. That’s just a snapshot of a student-led initiative that created a buzz on South Dakota State University’s (SDSU) campus in recognition of National Ag Day, March 15.



Students stepped up for agriculture after two on-campus events rocked their world late last year. The first was when an activist from Vegan Outreach handed out anti-meat flyers on campus. The next blow came in a Dec. 1, 2010 article “You truly are what you eat” printed in the school’s newspaper, The Collegian, penned by student Kyle Kranz. Agriculture students were in an uproar.

“We decided we should have an event that tells our side of the story, since we are an ag college,” said Melissa Gradert, secretary/treasurer for the Ag-Bio Prexy Council, the group that spearheaded the event.

She and other students began brainstorming on the way home from the National Block & Bridle Convention. The result: the Student Union filled with display booths from campus groups involved in agriculture; a roundtable forum with professors; groups set-up outside across campus; 2,000 bright blue T-shirts given away; a meal that fed 500 people and a nationally-recognized speaker.

editor’s note: to learn more about murphy’s truth in food movement, visit his web site, http://www.truthinfood.com.


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