Local and Regional

Yale Food Systems Symposium

Who: Open to academics, practitioners, students, and interested members of the public
Date: Friday October 30th & Saturday October 31st
Location: Yale Law School, Sterling Law Building – New Haven, CT

Registration is now open for the third annual Yale Food Systems Symposium: a student-led collaboration between Yale Law School, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Public Health, and Yale College.

This year’s conference, “New Alliances That Shape a Food Movement,” will be held on October 30th & 31st, and feature keynote addresses from Olivier De Schutter, Dorceta Taylor, and Ricardo Salvador.

Register here: http://yalefoodsymposium.org/register/

You must register to attend, but tickets are only $30 (or free for current Yale students) and include two meals: dinner Friday and lunch Saturday.


Massachusetts Food System Plan

Please join us on Friday, October 23, from 9:30 – 11:30 at the Massachusetts State House in Boston (24 Beacon St., 2nd floor Grand stair case and Nurses Hall) for a Food Day event to release the first public draft of the Massachusetts Food System Plan.

Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources Commissioner John Lebeaux will join plan authors, advocates, stakeholders and policy makers to release the draft plan, which represents nearly two years of work and input from more than 1,000 farmers, consumers, advocates, policymakers, and other food system stakeholders. This will be an opportunity to learn about the plan and talk to people about how the goals and recommendations it proposes can help grow the Commonwealth’s food system

The plan will be made available for download that morning at www.mafoodplan.org, and public comments on the draft will be accepted through November 6. Public comments will be included in the final plan, which will be completed in December.

Following the State House Event, please join us at the Boston Public Market for further discussion about the Plan at a “Let’s Talk About Food” event from noon until 1:00.

Further details about the events are available here.

The plan, due to the MA Food Policy Council in December, is a comprehensive assessment identifying current strengths of the Commonwealth’s food system and opportunities for improvement. The goals and recommendations target opportunities where legislative, regulatory and other actions could be taken to better support the Massachusetts food system. The goals seek to:

  • Increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown foods;
  • Create jobs and economic opportunity in food and farming, and improve the wages and skills of food system workers;
  • Protect the land and water needed to produce food, minimize the environmental impact of agriculture and fishing, and ensure food safety; an
  • Reduce hunger and food insecurity, increase the availability of fresh, healthy food to all residents, and reduce food waste.

Let’s Talk About Food 2015

Dr. Marion Nestle is in Boston. Founder Louisa Kasdon, a longtime admirer of Dr. Nestle and her work, invites you to join for two appearances of Dr. Nestle, which are both FREE and open to the public.

On Friday October 2nd, Dr. Nestle will be the guest at the new weekly Let’s Talk About Food Brown Bag Lunch series at the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market from 12:00-1:30 PM. The discussion will be followed by a book signing. Copies of Soda Politics will be available for sale thanks to Harvard Bookstore. Whether or not you’re personally able to join for this opportunity for intimate discussion with one of the food industry’s most insightful critics, we hope that you will share this information with friends and colleagues and circulate the attached flier.

Registration preferred but not required: www.thetrustees.org/KITCHEN

On Saturday afternoon, October 3rd, Dr. Nestle will take the stage at the annual Let’s Talk About Food Festival on Copley Square and will again be available to sign her book. Books available for purchase from official Let’s Talk About Food Festival Bookseller, Farm & Fable. The mainstage schedule is chock-full of amazing topics and speakers. You can find more information about the day’s activities here: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/extra/letstalkaboutfood/festival

Be sure to stick around for a panel discussion, When Sweet is Too Sweet from 1:00-2:10 PM on October 3rd. Overconsumption of sugar is THE health topic of the moment, especially among children. With the rise of childhood obesity and diabetes, there’s no question we are facing a major cultural and political problem. But what’s the solution? Well, let’s talk about it. Marion Nestle, a James Beard Award winner, expert on food politics, and author of the new book Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (And Winning),takes the stage with Ricardo Salvador, Director of the Food & Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Brian Mercury, award winning pastry chef at Harvest in Harvard Square. The three experts will discuss sugar from all angles and how it affects our lives while eminent food writer, Corby Kummer, moderates this important conversation.

Friday, October 2
12:00-1:30 pm
Marion Nestle
Soda Politics, at the Boston Public Market: http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/greater-boston/event-21286.html

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Taking Stock: Ingredients for a Regional Food System
Tufts University, Goddard Chapel: http://ase.tufts.edu/anthropology/documents/events2015oct2.pdf

Saturday, October 3, 2015
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Let’s Talk About Food Festival, Copley Square: http://www.boston.com/sponsored/extra/letstalkaboutfood/festival

1:00-2:10 pm
When Sweet is Too Sweet

Copley Square