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2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, "Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People"

Date: 10/14/2013

Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 AM

Location: Meridian Ballroom, The Commons Hotel,East Bank

Cost: $95 general admission ♦ $75 Arb members, U of M fauclty, staff, alumni ♦ $50 students ♦ SCHOLARSHIPS AND CEUs ARE AVAILABLE--please call for more info


The 2013 Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, "Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People," co-hosted by two of the University's flagship institutions dedicated to public health and well-being, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will be held October 14 & 15 at the Commons Hotel (Oct. 14) and the Landscape Arboretum (Oct. 15). This year’s research symposium will focus on food and the environment: the impact of climate and environmental changes on food production and conversely, the impact of food production on the environment.

The opening day’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Earth Institute, Columbia University, who will discuss how climate change is affecting food production. Confirmed speakers include:

(Keynote Speaker)
Cynthia E. Rosenzweig: American climatologist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at Columbia University, "who helped pioneer the study of climate change and agriculture." Since 1993, Rosenzweig has headed NASA's "Climate Impacts" research group. Dr. Rosenzweig’s work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Task Force on Data was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Al Gore and to the IPCC Task Force.

Bruce E. Dale: is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Dale specializes in studies of renewable energy sources, and is currently working on developing sustainable systems to convert plant matter to fuels, food and animal feed.

Craig Cox: coordinates the research and advocacy on agriculture, renewable energy and climate change at the Environmental Working Group as Senior Vice President. Dr. Cox is the former executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and has worked on agricultural policy and on soil and water conservation issues for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences.

Keith Wiebe: is the Deputy Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Agriculture Development Economics Division and has over 15 years experience in research and policy analysis relating to resource use, agricultural productivity, and food security at household, regional, and global levels. Prior to joining the FAO, Dr. Wiebe was Deputy Director of the Resource and Rural Economics Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.


Michelle Wander: is the Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program and Associate Professor of Soil Fertility/Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She currently serves on the National Soil and Water Conservation Society's Science and Policy Committee and the eOrganic Leadership Team.


Cristina Tirado: has been working on food, agriculture, health, climate, and sustainable development with WHO, FAO, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and universities worldwide for 20 years. Currently she serves as Food Safety adviser for the Pan American Health Organization and is adjunct professor at the School of Public Health of the University of California at Los Angeles.


The second day will focus on “The Minnesota Response” to the issues detailed on the first day. A keynote by Keya Chatterjee, Footprint Outreach Senior Director at World Wildlife Fund and author of The Zero Footprint Baby Guide will set the tone by addressing “Climate Change, Food, and You: What Matters Most? How Does it Add Up?” The day also features case studies addressing the questions of “Programs that Are Changing How We Grow and Get Our Food While Helping the Planet,” “Good Food. Clean Water: How Farmers Are Responding to the Crisis;” “Making it Personal: Producers and Community Efforts,” “Achieving Healthy and Affordable Food Access in the Era of Climate Change;” “People and Pollinators;” and a presentation by the acclaimed Theater for Public Policy.

For complete details and registration information, visit: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/2013HealthyFoodsSummit.aspx. Note that University faculty, staff and students will receive reduced rates. If you’d prefer to pay via University purchase order or EFS account string, please call 952-443-1422.

Scholarships and CEUs are available--please call for more information.



  • Name: Jawad Towns
  • E-mail: jtowns@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-6425
  • Sponsored by: Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum | Presenting Sponsor: Lakewinds Natural Foods | Supporting Sponsor: Allina Health


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More information: http://www.hfhl.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact [Jawad Towns, Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, jtowns@umn.edu, 612-626-6425].

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