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The Necessary [r] Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems

June 17-18, 2014
Burlington, VT

The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world.

The Summit will include keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners.Tamar Adler speaking at the 2013 Food Systems Summit

The 2014 Summit will focus on local-level responses to globalization in the food system through the following themes: the impact of our geopolitical context on our food system, the biophysical constraints we face for food production globally, and the implications of behavior and culture for our food system.

Unlike traditional academic conferences, the Summit is designed to optimize engagement between scholars and practitioners outside of academia. As such, the Summit is open to the public, the organizers are actively seeking participation from regional nonprofits and government, and all sessions include time for Q&A and engaged dialogue with the audience.

If you’ve been to the Summit in the past 2 years, you’ll recall that we featured multiple speakers in an afternoon of short talks. It was a great way to highlight a wide range of people who are doing inspiring work to revolutionize the food system. What we heard from the audience is that people liked the variety of speakers, but wanted more opportunities to interact—to really dig into the difficult questions faced by scholars, activists, policy makers, farmers, and eaters of all walks of life. So this year we have re-envisioned the Summit as a day and a half gathering to maximize the opportunity for dialogue, networking, and engaging discussion on the pressing food systems issues facing our world.

Related Events

Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate Program for Sustainable Food SystemsThe Breakthrough Leaders Professional Certificate Program for Sustainable Food Systems will take place at UVM June 15-20. Participation in the Summit is included as part of the program.

The 2014 UVM Food Systems Summit will immediately precede Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System—the joint annual meeting of the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS), on June 18-22 at the UVM campus. The UVM Food Systems Summit is an independently organized event and may be attended either alone or in combination with the AFHVS/ASFS conference.

 

Contact Alison Nihart for more information on the 2014 UVM Food Systems Summit.

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