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Yale Food Systems Symposium: Request for Proposals

Third Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium
New Alliances That Shape a Food Movement 
Yale University, October 30 – 31, 2015

Request for Proposals

People in food movements around the world envision a future where our food systems restore degraded ecosystems, mitigate and adapt to climate change, improve community health, and facilitate more equitable economic exchange. To realize this ambitious vision we must encourage and support novel, collaborative, and holistic problem-solving approaches. We want to bring a diverse group of people and approaches together at this Food Systems Symposium such as those in the public health community who seek to increase access to fresh vegetables in urban centers; land conservationists who wish to preserve farmland; legal scholars who identify avenues of policy change; and immigration reformers who advocate for farm workers.

This year’s conference seeks to foster new alliances that will encourage crosscutting conversations, innovative thinking, and actionable strategies. Eaters across the nation struggle to find wholesome food choices that nourish their bodies without endangering important environmental and social resources. A true coalition will bring expertise across disciplines to creatively solve the otherwise intractable problems of food security and access, social justice, public health, environmental stewardship, and safety. These alliances and the common goal of an improved food system will serve as the guiding focus for the 2015 Yale Food Systems Symposium.

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Jul 10: Cultivating Food Justice with Julian Agyeman

Join MetroFuture Walks & Talks for a special presentation on just sustainability and food justice from Julian Agyeman, Professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University.  His most recent publication, Cultivating Food Justice, examines how many low-income neighborhoods and communities of color do not have access to nutritious food.  They often live in “food deserts” where the lack of grocery stores and healthy options often leaves them with no choice but convenience stores and fast food.  “Cultivating Food Justice” envisions an environmentally sustainable and socially just future for the food system.  Julian Agyeman is an environmental social scientist and the originator of the concept of ‘just sustainability’, the full integration of social justice and sustainability, defined as the need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. RSVP here.

Event will be held at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, 60 Temple Place, Boston from 11:00a.m.-12p.m.