Researchers and advocates focused on hunger will gather at the University of Missouri today for a national symposium.
Symposium participants call it "food justice" - the ability to have access to food security through non-emergency sources, and that was the main topic at Wednesday night's kickoff event for the symposium, Food Insecurity: Assessing Disparities, Consequences and Policies.
Missouri fans planning to attend the school's homecoming parade next weekend might want to bring some coffee.
The Southeastern Conference set an 11 a.m. kickoff for Missouri's Oct. 27 homecoming game against Kentucky. That means a 7 a.m. start for the annual downtown parade. The match of two teams winless in conference play will be televised nationally on ESPNU.
Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC) has a bye this week after a 42-10 loss to No. 1 Alabama. Kentucky (1-6, 0-4) hosts No. 13 Georgia on Saturday.
The MU Missouri Student Association has begun talks with the Faculty Council on the possibility of changing the school's grading system.
The MSA recently surveyed 700 students to find out how they feel about the existing system, which awards fractional grade points for plus or minus grades. For example a B- is worth 2.7 points, a B is worth 3 points, and a B+ is worth 3.3 points.
Fifty two percent of students interviewed in an MSA survey said they disagreed with the existing system, causing the MSA to look into a change to a flat grading system.
Pro Food Systems Inc. is planning to add 43 jobs within the next five years at its operation in Holts Summit. The new headquarters will have three components: a breading and blending facility, a logistics service center and print companies. The company said it will invest $6 million dollars into the new headquarters.
Missouri Department of Economic Development Spokesperson John Fougere said the Department used tax credits and other incentives to encourage Pro Food Systems into expansion.
While Canada grapples with the largest beef recall in its history, meat suppliers and retailers in the U.S. have been dealing with their own share of fallout from the contaminated meat. The recall has consumers and food safety advocates demanding anew that the U.S. Department of Agriculture keep fresh meat border inspections in place so tainted meat can be stopped before it enters the food supply chain.
Columbia’s pending move to a roll-cart, trash-collection program is moving forward with a few changes to the original plan. Currently the city is identifying ideal neighborhoods in which to test the roll cart program. Public Works’ Solid Waste Utility Manager Richard Wieman says the new system will be cheaper and pick up more trash on a daily basis.
“(The) industry is just moving away from manual collection, due to one, the safety issues I mentioned, the cost issue, and we’re just kind of going, taking a look at that program and see if it will fit for Columbia,” he says.