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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 (haylley.johnson@uvm.edu) 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: www.aaea.org/meetings/463

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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: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/?Page=vanhovenbio.html

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]uvm.edu if you'd like the agenda or more information.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Winter Break

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter Break

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Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Break

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lecture: Wouter van Hoven - Wildlife and food security in Africa

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Location: Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis
Description: UVM James Marsh Professor-at-Large Lecture. Reception immediately following. Free and Open to the Public. Additional details: www.uvm.edu/~presdent/marsh/vanHOVEN%20Marsh%20poster_2013.pdf

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lecture: Alexander Wezel - Agroecology

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mildred Livak Room, Davis Center
Description: "Agroecology: world-wide interpretations and applications in France" Free and open to the public. Refreshments available.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lecture: Pam Matson - A new era in global change science

Time: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Jost Foundation Room, Davis
Description: Linking knowledge and action for sustainability.Dr. Matson’s research addresses a range of environment and sustainability issues, including sustainability of agricultural systems; vulnerability of particular people and places to climate change; the consequences of tropical deforestation on atmosphere, climate and water systems; and solutions to global change in the nitrogen and carbon cycles.Reception immediately following. Sponsored by the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics. www.uvm.edu/president/burack/MATSON-BurackPoster-1.pdf

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Gund Tea: Abdon Schmitt - The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case

Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Gund Institute, 617 Main St, UVM
Description: The Southern Brazil Agroecology Case: From Family Farm Livelihood to the Provision of Ecosystem Services.

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Lecture: Katja Poveda - Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Speaker: Katja Poveda, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Cornell University
Title: Biodiversity in tropical agroecosystems: implications for natural pest control and productivity

Abstract: Simplification of agricultural landscapes is a major cause for the loss and fragmentation of habitats and thus a major factor contributing to the global loss in species diversity. Studies in temperate regions suggest that reduced biodiversity negatively affects ecosystem services such as pest control and production in agriculture, but evidence has been scarce. In the Colombian Andes we studied the effect of tropical biodiversity at a landscape and local scale on pest control and crop productivity.

Refreshments served, 12:30 in Jeffords 107.

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Lecture: Jeffrey Hamelman - Bread: Nutrition, Famine, Disease

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminar
Free and open to the public, all are welcome
If you would like to meet with the speaker before or after the talk, please contact Lily Calderwood, lcalderw@uvm.edu

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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TEDxManhattan Viewing Party

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.
Location: Lafayette 207, UVM Campus
Description: A full day of talks exploring the state of our food system and our progress toward sustainability. This official UVM Viewing Party will be streaming the event live from New York City.

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/594885790538569/
Event poster: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/documents/TEDxManhattanPoster.pdf
Schedule of talks: tedxmanhattan.org/

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

NOFA-VT Winter Conference

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: UVM Campus
Description: Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont Annual Winter Conference hosted on the UVM campus.
Registration and schedule: nofavt.org/annual-events/winter-conference/

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Webinar: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax

Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Online
Description: Can one penny per ounce put a dent in the obesity epidemic?

• Sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption has more than doubled over the last 30 years, with the average American now drinking 45 gallons annually.
• SSBs account for at least one-fifth of the weight gained between 1977 and 2007 in the U.S. population.
• A UVM survey of SSB purchasers shows they'll likely purchase less and could lose weight if an SSB tax were implemented in Vermont.

More info: www.uvm.edu/foodsystems/?Page=ssbwebinar.html

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Panel: Rice farming in Vermont - Challenges and Opportunities

Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis 401
Description: Rice farmer panel:
Ben Falk, Whole Systems Design Research Farm (Moretown, VT)
Erik Andrus, Boundbrook Farm (Vergennes, VT)
Sjon and Elysha WElter, Center for Natural Living (Cabot, VT)
Josh Brill, Breezy MEadows ORchard and Nursery (Tinmouth, VT)

Contact Laura Hill Bermingham (lhill@uvm.edu; 802-656-1134) for more information
www.uvm.edu/seagrant/news/rice-farming-vermont-opportunities-and-challenges

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Seminar: Vern Grubinger - Innovations on Vermont Vegetable Farms

Time: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Jeffords 112
Description: Extension Professor Vern Grubinger is the Vegetable and Berry Specialist at the University of Vermont. He also serves as coordinator of USDA’s Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE), which annually awards nearly $4 million in grants to researchers, educators and farmers across the 12 Northeast states. Vern also provides leadership to the eXtension Farm Energy community of practice. He received his MS and PhD at Cornell University in Agronomy and Vegetable Crops, respectively.

More Plant and Soil Science Weekly Seminars: www.uvm.edu/~pss/?Page=seminar13.html

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