Multi-level food system seminar series: Regional food systems for improved resilience
Speaker: Professor Michael Hamm, Michigan State University
Title: Regional food systems for improved resilience
Date: Monday 23 February
Location: Gottman Room, OUCE
The talk will be 30-45 minutes, followed by a Q&A session and then a short wine reception.
We in the developed world have tended to concentrate our food sources in areas with a ‘comparative advantage’ for production, typically for climatic reasons. The cost of energy, post-harvest handling technology, and varietal development has made this possible. We have entered a period where increased extreme weather events and climatic shifts make this a more risky venture – and provide a strong rationale for regionalized food systems to increase resilience of our food system and help insure food security. This seminar will use examples from the United States and East Africa to illustrate the notion and rationale.
Multi-level food system seminar series
- Major cities
- A provincial city
The overall aim is to discuss the connections, linkages, food flows and governance arrangements at the different spatial levels. The seminars will cover a range of issues and how these issues change depending on the spatial resolution.
About the Speaker
Mike Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems. Currently he is a Visiting Fellow at Mansfield College and working at the Environmental Change Institute.
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