North Carolina Botanical Garden


LUNCHBOX Talk: Plants We Eat & Wear

with Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium
The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Fee: Free, preregistration required.


Explore some of our most fundamental relationships with plants—the primary foods we eat and the clothes we wear. Our diet and clothing reflect a fascinating history of the domestication and international sharing of plants across cultures over the past 15,000 years. What are the implications of our increasingly global and industrialized diet, and the “locavore” agitation against it? The lecture will be followed by a sampling of plant foods from around the world.


Registration open through 10/31/2019 11:00 AM

About the Speaker

Alan Weakley is a plant systematist, plant community ecologist, biogeographer, and conservation biologist focused on the species and systems of the Southeastern United States. Prior to coming to UNC in 2002, he had an extensive career in applied conservation biology, working with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, The Nature Conservancy, and NatureServe (the Association for Biodiversity Information). Alan is the author of Flora of the Southern & Mid-Atlantic States, a taxonomic manual covering about 7000 vascular plant taxa, now the standard in use across much of the Southeastern United States.

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Allen Education Center, Building A
100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

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