The summit is sold out, but you can join by watching live right here!
There are nearly seven billion people who need to eat and more being born every day. We have a global food system that degrades our land, our health and our humanity through short-sighted practices and policies that benefit a few at the top.
We believe that change must come both literally and figuratively from the ground up, through innovative regional food models that have proven workable, sustainable and inclusive to many.
This Summit flows from our conviction that the current global food system is ecologically, economically, and energetically unsustainable and that ambitious, knowledgeable and radical reform is necessary for a healthy food system that can feed a hungry planet.
At the core of our work is the question “How can we create regional food systems that are viable alternatives to the conventional one that exists now?”
The Food Systems Summit at the University of Vermont will convene a dynamic and diverse group of people through conferences, courses, and events this summer to discuss and plan strategies that address this issue.
There is no better place than Vermont (especially in the summertime) to bring together the people for this necessary revolution. Vermont’s human scale allows it to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring new solutions to these chronic problems. Vermont’s tradition of positive deviance and cutting-edge innovation, in the face of adversity, is widely shared beyond its borders and makes it a rich site for the creation of sustainable models adaptable around the world.
Public Conference Thursday, June 28, 2012
Influential thinkers and positive change makers will exchange their best ideas to inspire, focus, and strengthen individual and collective action for a sustainable food system.
This one day event will shine a spotlight on and amplify the most important ideas, initiatives, and voices for the necessary food systems revolution. The power of this day and the hundreds gathered together will awaken some, re-energize others, help advance a shared vision for the future of food we desire, fortify the movement, and make clear specific ways each person can help transform the system.
We will bring together influential and innovative voices from the sustainable food movement for this day of inspiration and call to action. The goal is to connect people across disciplines around the urgent issue of our broken food system and inspire people to take their place in the necessary revolution.
When: June 28, 1pm-6:30pm
Your computer, your mobile device, a community space, a restaurant – anywhere that has Internet access! You can view the live-streamed conference from our blog (http://learn.uvm.edu/foodsystemsblog/) or our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/University-of-Vermont-Continuing-Education/143986912311328).
You can sit back and listen to our internationally renowned speakers, and participate in conversation using the #UVMsummit hashtag. (Post your comments and questions – and we will answer them on our blog after the conference).
What: Speakers will take the stage, give their 10-15 minute talk and then sit back down. The next speaker will immediately follow. There is not space for questions or comments or break-out sessions. There will be two breaks during the talks and a reception at the end which are all great times to connect with fellow attendees and the speakers.
Select Topics for Conference
- Resilient Farming Systems
- Safe and Healthy Food
- Strong Regional Food Systems
- Food Security and Improved Access
- Real Food Education
- Businesses for a Hungry Planet
- Policy Advocacy