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ASFS/AFHVS Annual Meeting & Conference
ASFS/AFHVS Annual Meeting & Conference

Conference Overview

Collaboration and Innovation Across the Food System
The University of Vermont is pleased to host the Joint 2014 Annual Meetings and Conference of the Association for the Study of Food and Society and the Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society this summer.

The University of Vermont is a fantastic site to host the 2014 conference. In a state that has been at the forefront of the sustainable food movement, UVM has adopted Food systems as one of three spires of excellence in a university-wide transdisciplinary research initiative.

Conference Background:
The Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) was founded in 1985, with the goals of promoting the interdisciplinary study of food and society.  It has continued that mission by holding annual meetings; the first of which was in 1987.  

The Agriculture, Food and Human Values Society (AFHVS) encompasses individual and institutional members from disciplines that range from agricultural production and the rural social sciences to nutrition policy and the humanities. The AFHVS was formed in 1987 to promote the study of values issues associated with the production, consumption and distribution of food, fiber and natural resources. 

Since 1992, the ASFS and AFHVS have held their meetings jointly, to provide colleagues with a site for constructive, in-depth discussion of current agricultural and food systems issues in their broadest social, cultural, economic, ethical and aesthetic context. The culminating conference includes paper presentations, panel discussions and other activities organized around a provocative agricultural of food-related theme.


Other Food-Related Events at UVM

Food Systems SummitThe ASFS/AFHVS Conference will immediately follow the UVM Food Systems Summit, The Necessary [r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems, June 17 – 18, 2014. This is an annual event that draws scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue around the pressing food systems issues facing our world.  If you would like more information about this event, please visit the website:


Food Systems SummitWorking the Landscape: Vermont’s Fields, Trails & Forests
Exhibit Cases, Bailey/Howe Library Lobby, May 1-August 20, 2014

Vermont landscapes are the outcome of natural processes and human work. While often imagined as an unchanging iconic place, Vermont’s landscapes are the result of diverse and on-going activities. This exhibit focuses on the tools, machines, and practices that have shaped Vermont’s fields, forests and recreational spaces. The exhibit also draws attention to the policies that have influenced how people work the land. Woven through the exhibit are the voices of Vermonters who reflect on what they value most about the state’s working landscape.

"Working the Landscape" is the outcome of a service-learning project for the Bailey/Howe Library conducted by masters students enrolled in UVM's Food Systems Graduate Program. The students applied their disciplinary perspectives from the fields of anthropology, community development, geography, communications, sociology, food security, animal science, and network analysis in the research for this capstone project.


Stories and Snapshots from a Cacao Hunter: A Discussion and Tasting with Blue Bandana Chocolate Maker, Eric Lampman

Thursday, June 19, 5:00-6:00 pm – Lake Champlain Chocolate’s South End Kitchen, 716 Pine Street, Burlington

Eric Lampman of Lake Champlain Chocolates will host a discussion and tasting of Blue Bandana Chocolate at South End Kitchen's Education Kitchen (716 Pine Street) on Thursday, June 19th from 5 pm to 6 pm. He will share his journey toward direct trade and bring the audience along on a tasting of his bean-to-bar chocolates. Participants are welcome to stay and enjoy supper here at the South End Kitchen when the discussion wraps up. Please RSVP for this event:

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