2014 Plenaries

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People of Color Caucus | Keynote Speaker Jim Hightower 


  1. Tuesday Morning: Opening. 8:15am - 9:15am.
    Three Difficult Pieces: local supply chains, food safety on farms, and race and equity in our food system.

    Presenters: Michael Rozyne, Kathy Lawrence, NESAWG

  2. Tuesday Afternoon: Region-sizing the Food System: Recipe from New England. 2:00pm - 3:15pm. 
    “Region-sizing” on the ground in the six New England states – vision, networks, action. Hear about regional approaches and how regionalism is being applied in food system policy, markets, planning and civic engagement. 

    Presenters: Kathy Ruhf, Senior Fellow, NESAWG.  Kathy co-leads the New England Food Policy Project; Cris Coffin, Director, New England Office of American Farmland Trust. Cris co-leads the New England Food Policy Project; Tom Kelly, Director, UNH Sustainability Institute. Tom is a member of the Food Solutions New England Core Team.

  3. Tuesday Evening: Keynote Speaker -- Jim Hightower.  Dinner and Keynote: 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
    Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, speaker, and New York Times best-selling author, issued a rallying cry for collaboration and change. Read more >

  4. Wednesday: Censorship in the Media and Academia. 11:15am - 12:45pm.
    From NY to Boston to Philadelphia and DC, our region is a world media capital.  We have good sustainable agriculture food and farm success stories right under the noses of the biggest media outlets.  At the same time, our region's land grant universities have opportunities to be more vibrant, transparent, open and collaborative.  How can these two pillars of democracy -- a free press and our public university system, become more open and transparent?  In this plenary, we heard stories from journalists and scientists who have had their food and agriculture-related stories suppressed.  We also heard from expert media analysts and academics on both the challenges and opportunities in striving for a more open, democratic flow of information, and what we can do to advance such openness.   

    Presenters: Jeff Dvorkin, Director of the Journalism Program at the University of Toronto and former NPR Vice President of News and Information and News Ombudsman; Jane Akre, journalist and 2001 Goldman Environmental Award recipient;  Joel Kenneth Kaplan, Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Studies, Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, and Ombudsman, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Dr. Michael Hansen, Senior Staff Scientist, Consumers Union; Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Staff Scientist, Center for Food Safety. Jeff Dvorkin and Jane Akre will present by video.