2018 Tufts Food Systems Symposium

Unintended Consequences in the Food System

The Problem with “Solutions”

Friday, April 6th  ·  10-2PM  ·  Breed Hall, 51 Winthrop St. Medford, MA



Our complex food system presents us with a knot of issues so tangled that they can be difficult to define, let alone resolve. A solution to one issue may evolve and create problems around another. The 2018 Tufts Food System Symposium tackles the issue of unintended consequences and asks how we can continue to work toward a more resilient food system when we cant reliably foresee what the longer-term results of our actions might be. Effective food systems policy and planning requires broad considerations ranging from ecology to social justice on both a local and global scale. We will bring together policy experts, food justice advocates, and practitioners in the field to discuss past lessons learned and explore what kinds of collaborations and approaches allow for a greater understanding of change in our food system. 

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  • Environmental Studies Program
  • Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life
  • The Office of the Deans of Arts & Sciences, Toupin-Bolwell Fund
  • Office of the Vice Provost for Research
  • Tufts Dining
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Department of Biology
  • Department of Community Health
  • Experimental College
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Tufts Institute of the Environment
  • Office of Sustainability

The event is organized by a committee of undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty from the Department of Anthropology, the Environmental Studies Program, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tisch College of Civic Life, and Tufts Dining.