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K-State Today

February 7, 2019

Economics Club presents discussion on 'The Food Police'

Submitted by Daniel Kuester

The K-State Economics Club will host Jayson Lusk, distinguished professor and head of the agricultural economics department at Purdue University, as the speaker for the annual lecture on economic prosperity. The talk "A Discussion About the 'Food Police'" will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in Regnier Forum at Regnier Hall. The lecture is open to the public.

Lusk is a food and agricultural economist who studies what we eat and why we eat it. Since 2000, Lusk has published more than 200 journal articles in peer-reviewed journals, including several of the most cited papers in the profession. He has served on the editorial councils of eight academic journals, including the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, the Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, and Food Policy.

In 2007, Lusk co-authored a book on experimental auctions and co-authored an undergraduate textbook on agricultural marketing and price analysis. In 2011, Lusk released a book co-authored with Bailey Norwood on the economics of farm animal welfare and also co-edited the Oxford Handbook on the Economics of Food Consumption and Policy. In 2013, he published the popular book, "The Food Police." His latest popular book is "Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving up Super Foods to Save the World."

Lusk has a bachelor's degree in food technology and a doctorate in agricultural economics from Kansas State University. He was previously a Regents professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the department of agricultural economics at Oklahoma State University and an assistant professor at Mississippi State and Purdue.

This speaker series is made possible by a grant from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.