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September 24, 2015

Save the date: Urban Food Systems Symposium June 22-25, 2016, at K-State Olathe

Submitted by Mary Lou Peter

The Urban Food Systems Symposium is June 22-25, 2016, at Kansas State University's Olathe campus.

The symposium will bring together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students and others to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. The focus is on food production and distribution in cities; urban planning and development; nutrition and human health; food policy and education; and community and economic development.

Julian Cribb, of Julian Cribb & Associates and an expert in communicating science, including agriculture and food topics, will give the keynote address. Other speakers include:

  • Nancy Creamer, distinguished professor of sustainable and community-based food systems at North Carolina State University.
  • Ken Meter, food systems analyst and president of Crossroads Resource Center.
  • Sarah Taylor Lovell, associate professor of landscape agroecology at the University of Illinois.  

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an array of additional breakout presentations.

Bus tours of urban farms and gardens in coordination with the 2016 Urban Grown Farm Tour are available. The tours are hosted by Cultivate Kansas City, a nonprofit organization focused on growing food and farms as part of a healthy local food system. Cultivate Kansas City is a partner in the symposium.

Abstracts in support of the Urban Food Systems Symposium are now being accepted. The abstract submission deadline is 5 p.m. Nov. 24. This is a great way to share your work with others through presentations or posters.

Read more information about the 2016 Urban Food Systems Symposium or email info@ufss2016.org.