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Debating Defiance series kicks off at DC

September 26, 2014


DEFIANCE, Ohio – "Ecology, Sustainability, and the Case for Northwest Ohio" was the topic of the first Debating Defiance series held Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Buchman Boardroom on the campus of Defiance College.

Dr. Doug Kane, associate professor of biology at the college, began the conversation with information about the level of algae bloom on Lake Erie which resulted in Toledo, Ohio, making national news this past August when the water supply became contaminated.

Stephanie Singer, Soil and Water educator and coordinator of the Upper Maumee Watershed, shared practices that local farmers and community members could institute to lessen the impact of run-off into the water supply.

Joe Hammon, organic farmer from Mark Center, explained the methods he uses on his organic dairy and the positive results he sees in the health of both land and animals.

Mo Tressler completed the panel addresses with a talk on the importance of the availability of a local food supply and her work to market local and healthy foods to consumers at her store, All Things Food in Bryan.

Following the panel presentations, Ed Singer, faculty member at NSCC, moderated discussion.

The next event in the series will be Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in the Buchman Board Room. Dr. Jeffrey St. Onge, assistant professor of communication at Defiance College, will moderate a panel presentation, "A Look Into the Midterm Congressional Elections."