2013 Fall Symposium

HFHL 5th Annual Symposium:
Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People

October 14 & 15, 2013

The 5th Annual Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit, co-hosted by two of the University's flagship institutions dedicated to public health and well-being, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, was held October 14 & 15 at the Commons Hotel (Oct. 14) and the Landscape Arboretum (Oct. 15). The 2013 summit focused on food and the environment: the impact of climate and environmental changes on food production and conversely, the impact of food production on the environment.

Speakers Included:

Cynthia Rosenzweig v2

Cynthia E. Rosenzweig: American climatologist at NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, located at Columbia University, "who helped pioneer the study of climate change and agriculture." Since 1993, Rosenzweig has headed NASA's "Climate Impacts" research group. Dr. Rosenzweig's work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Task Force on Data was recognized with the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded jointly to Al Gore and to the IPCC Task Force.

Craig Cox

Craig Cox: coordinates the research and advocacy on agriculture, renewable energy and climate change at the Environmental Working Group as Senior Vice President. Dr. Cox is the former executive director of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and has worked on agricultural policy and on soil and water conservation issues for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture and the National Academy of Sciences.

Keith Weibe v2

Keith Wiebe: is the Deputy Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization's (FAO) Agriculture Development Economics Division where he leads research and policy analysis relating to resource use, agricultural productivity, and food security at household, regional, and global levels. Prior to joining the FAO, Dr. Wiebe was Deputy Director of the Resource and Rural Economics Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

Michelle Wander V2

Michelle Wander: is the Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program and Associate Professor of Soil Fertility/Ecology at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. She currently serves on the National Soil and Water Conservation Society's Science and Policy Committee and the eOrganic Leadership Team.

Christina Tirado V2

Cristina Tirado: has been working on food, agriculture, health, climate, and sustainable development with WHO, FAO, governmental and nongovernmental organizations and universities worldwide for 20 years. Currently she serves as Food Safety adviser for the Pan American Health Organization and is adjunct professor at the School of Public Health of the University of California at Los Angeles.

Bruce Dale V2

Bruce E. Dale: is a professor of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University and former Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. Dr. Dale specializes in studies of renewable energy sources, and is currently working on developing sustainable systems to convert plant matter to fuels, food and animal feed.

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Videos of Presentations



Video: WELCOME given by AARON FRIEDMAN, M.D., Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the Medical School, University of Minnesota; and MINDY S. KURZER, Ph.D., Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

Moderator TRACY TWINE, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Climate, University of Minnesota

"Climate Change and the Food System: Moving to Next-Generation Models and Tools," CYNTHIA ROSENZWEIG, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Senior Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College

Video: "Can Ecological Intensification and Food Sovereignty Feed the World?," MICHELLE M. WANDER, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Video: Moderator BRIAN L. BUHR, Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

"Food and Sustainable Biofuels: Thinking Clearly about the Issues," BRUCE E. DALE, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor. Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University

Video: "Toward an Environmentally Sound Farm Bill," CRAIG COX, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environmental Working Group


Video: Moderator JOHN FINNEGAN, Ph.D., Dean, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

"The Environment, Food Production, and Public Health," CRISTINA TIRADO, D.V.M., Ph.D., PAHO/WHO Food Safety Regional Adviser, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Public Health

Video: "Challenges and Choices in Global Change and Food Security," KEITH WIEBE, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute