“How can we create regional food systems that are viable alternatives to the conventional one that exists now?” The Food Systems Summit at the University of Vermont will convene a dynamic and diverse group of people through conferences, courses, and events this summer (2012) to discuss and plan strategies that address this issue.
There is no better place than Vermont (especially in the summertime) to bring together the people for this necessary revolution. Vermont’s human scale allows it to serve as a “living laboratory” for exploring new solutions to these chronic problems. Vermont’s tradition of positive deviance and cutting-edge innovation, in the face of adversity, is widely shared beyond its borders and makes it a rich site for the creation of sustainable models adaptable around the world.
You can participate in at least one of the many Summit events this summer:
- The Breakthrough Leaders Program for Sustainable Food Systems in late June -- An international leadership institute bringing emerging leaders together from around the globe for an intense examination of the skills needed to lead change and build a more sustainable food system).
- The Necessary (r)Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems Conference June 28 -- A public conference with thought leaders from around the globe discussing the regional food system approach.
- Seminars and courses all summer long to engage participants in sustainable food systems and enhance their capacity to solve our most pressing problems.
- The University of Vermont Food Solutions New England Summit is the 2nd annual convening of delegates from the New England states to strengthen collaboration for regional food system sustainability.