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Saturday, January 21, 2012

UVM Viewing Party: TEDx Manhattan "Changing the Way We Eat"

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Location: Livak Ballroom, Davis Center
Description: At the Official UVM Viewing Party, foodies can watch a live streaming of the food systems oriented TEDx Manhattan on the big screen. Attendees will learn from the leaders in the field about edible walls, the impacts of factory farming, food labeling and its controversies, and more.

Saturday, January 21, 10:30am-5:15pm, Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM Campus. Free and open to the public. Attendees are advised to bring a sack lunch for the breaks from 12-1:15pm and 3-3:30pm. Contact with event questions or visit

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Monday, April 23, 2012

A background check on food? GMO Labeling in the U.S.

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Waterman Memorial Lounge, Waterman building, UVM Campus
Description: This panel discussion — inspired by the significant amount of debate surrounding GMO labeling — will address GMOs, labeling them, and the resulting effects. What is a GMO? How will GMOs change farming and business? Do you want GMOs? These questions and more will be answered!

Contact Haylley Johnson ( with any additional questions or accomodation needs.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food Conference

Day Event Description: NIFA’s FY 2011 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Foundational Program funding is supporting the “Food Environment: The Effects of Context on Food,” conference, May 30-31, 2012, at Tufts University in Boston, MA. This is a joint conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) and is sponsored by USDA’s Economic Research Service and the AFRI Markets and Trade program
The conference will provide a platform for research on the economics related to the role of consumers’ food environments on their choices and health outcomes. Topics will provide insight into the influence of the food environment on the quality, price, and availability of food; associated health or environmental impacts; and uncover the impact of policies aimed at influencing food production and choice.
Participants who would like to present a paper or a poster should submit a 2-page abstract before November 1, 2011. The abstract should indicate: the problem addressed, the study objectives, theory and methods used, and the results. Accepted papers will be considered for inclusion in a special issue of Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. More information about the conference and abstract submission can be found on the conference page:

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Food Systems Symposium

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM Campus
Description: This is going to be the UVM Food Systems Spire's 3rd Annual Food Systems Symposium! Our goal is to highlight the importance of partnerships between the academic disciplines and communities' experiential knowledge to increase the breadth of innovative research opportunities and funding successes that can address complex community needs.

Details of the Day:

To do this, we've arranged to highlight three examples of transdisciplinary partnerships happening across the UVM campus, across campuses and the world, and beyond the boundaries of UVM to community partners.

In the morning, we will start with an international speaker who is traveling all the way from South Africa. Dr. Wouter van Hoven, Professor of Wildlife Management, U Pretoria, South Africa, will share his experience in putting together a transdisciplinary team to address a complex and unique food system problem in African communities. More information on Dr. van Hoven here:

This will be followed by a discussion of a regional transdisciplinary research project that spans several institutions on the east coast and still reaches into the community of Brighton in Northeastern Vermont. The third talk will be focused on a new transdisciplinary effort on campus that addresses a problem for the Artisan cheese producers in Vermont. The final presentation is one that helps us think broadly about food, from Africa to Vermont. It will challenge us to think more broadly and transdisciplinary about feeding our communities and the world.

This morning session will be followed in the afternoon with an "Opportunities Panel." This panel will bring together representatives from organizations looking to do collaborative, transdisciplinary food systems research with other universities and with Vermont community organizations. The panelists will discuss currently available opportunities for collaboration.

Panelists still to be confirmed.

If you are curious about all the other food work going on at UVM, the concluding presentation by faculty affiliated with the freshly minted Food Systems Master's Program will give you some insight.

Contact Haylley at 802-656-9897 or haylley.johnson[at] if you'd like the agenda or more information.

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