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UFSS 2016 Speakers – Urban Food Systems Symposium

UFSS 2016 Speakers

Julian Cribb, Keynote Speaker

Julian Cribb

Julian Cribb is an Australian author and science communicator. He is principal of Julian Cribb & Associates who provide specialist consultancy in the communication of science, agriculture, food, mining, energy and the environment. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

His career includes appointments as newspaper editor, scientific editor for The Australian newspaper, director of national awareness for CSIRO, member of numerous scientific boards and advisory panels, and president of national professional bodies for agricultural journalism and science communication.

His published work includes over 8000 articles, 3000 media releases and eight books. He has received 32 awards for journalism. His internationally-acclaimed book, The Coming Famine (2010) explored the question of whether we can feed 10 billion humans this century. His new book, Poisoned Planet (2014) looks at the contamination of the Earth system and all humanity by man-made chemicals and what we can do about it.

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Dr. Nancy Creamer

Nancy CreamerDr. Nancy Creamer is a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable and Community-Based Food Systems at North Carolina State University and is the Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. Nancy joined the N.C. State faculty in 1995 as an assistant professor and Extension specialist in the Department of Horticultural Science. She became coordinator of the CEFS organic unit in 1997 and was named director in 2000. CEFS, located in Goldsboro, is a partnership of N.C. State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Its mission is to develop and promote food and farming systems that protect the environment, strengthen local communities and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. As one of the nation’s largest centers for the study of sustainable food and farming systems, CEFS has focused on advancing the scientific research base necessary to enable farmers to adapt successfully to emerging ecological issues and market trends.

Through its Farm to Fork initiative and a State Action Guide (From Farm to Fork: A Guide to Building North Carolina’s Sustainable Local Food Economy), CEFS has energized and connected thousands of North Carolinians and hundreds of local, regional and statewide organizations that share this commitment. View Dr. Nancy Creamer’s Abstract

Ken Meter

Ken MeterKen Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 43 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building. His “Finding Food in Farm Country” studies have promoted local food networks in 107 regions in 37 states and one Canadian province.
Meter recently released a local foods plan for the state of Alaska. He completed a $9.85milllion plan for rural investment for the state of South Carolina, and researched the economic impacts of institutional food purchasing for the Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Public Health Institute. As coordinator of public process for the City of Minneapolis Sustainability Initiative, he guided over 85 residents in creating a 50-year vision for the city including sustainability measures.
Meter consults with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to help create a toolkit for measuring economic impacts of local food development. He served as an advisor for the USDA Community Food Projects including managing the national proposal review panel, and serves as a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development. He served as convenor and co-chair of the Community Economic Development Committee for the former Community Food Security Coalition, and is a leader of the Closing the Hunger Gap network. Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota, and at the Harvard Kennedy School. View Ken Meter’s Abstract

Dr. Sarah Taylor Lovell

Sarah Lovell's research team at the Plant Sciences building in Urbanaon Wednesday, August 27, 2014.

Dr. Sarah Taylor Lovell is an Associate Professor of landscape agroecology at the University of Illinois. Her research program has evolved from a unique interdisciplinary background, including an MS and PhD in Agronomy followed by a Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA).  She also spent several years working as a Field Research Biologist in the agricultural industry.

Dr. Lovell’s research focuses broadly on the analysis and design of multifunctional landscapes, with emphasis on urban agriculture and whole-farm planning.  The work in urban agriculture assesses the benefits of food production systems including plant biodiversity, pollination services, and cultural functions, as well as the impact on food security of the participating households.  Recent grants from USDA, NSF, and the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) provide support for Lovell’s lab to study woody polyculture systems that could offer fruit and nut products, in addition to a wide range of ecosystem services. View Dr. Sarah Taylor Lovell’s Abstract.

Wayne Roberts

Dr. Wayne Roberts

Wayne Roberts is a Canadian food policy analyst and writer, widely respected for his role as the manager of the [Toronto Food Policy Council], a citizen body of 30 food activists and experts that is widely recognized for its innovative approach to food security, from 2000-2010.

As a leading member of the City of Toronto’s Environmental Task Force, he helped develop a number of official plans for the city, including the Environmental Plan and Food Charter, adopted by Toronto City Council in 2000 and 2001 respectively. Many ideas and projects of the TFPC are featured in Roberts’ book The No-Nonsense Guide to World Food (2008).

He writes a weekly electronic newsletter, Letters from Wayne.  You can view the latest newsletter and subscribe here.

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