If you eat, this conference is
Ripe for the Picking
Please do register and join us at Robertson Hall on Friday, Feb 23, for a day of solutions-oriented discussions on how to repurpose wasted resources in our food/ag system to deliciously nourish ourselves while protecting our Earth and its finite resources.
Panel discussions will explore the dire consequences of wasted food, the vital importance of quality on the plate, efforts to extend shelf life of produce, the compost at the end of the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, the way forward for a cheesemaker and his spring piglets, practicing restoration agriculture with a young apple orchard and mushroom spores, and repurposing and honoring human capital throughout in an effort to transform the linear system to circular.
Morning panelists will first examine ways to measure and reduce the quantities of wasted resources, then will discuss and debate solutions and innovations in place and on the horizon, in government, in the supply chain and in the lab. Audience Q&A will follow.
After the conference lunch (free, but register below), our afternoon panelists, before audience Q&A, will examine wasted food reduction efforts, recovery and innovations under way on Garden State farms and in local food-based businesses. The final panel will examine governmental and corporate origins of our current linear food/ag system, its false externalities that bring the prices down at checkout, and its human costs, including low wages throughout, chronic diet-related disease and lack of connection to each other and the land.
We will wrap up as we have in years past, with a reception at the e-Hub on Chambers Street, thanks to that wonderful partnership with those there and with the Keller Center.
The conference is open to all; tickets are free but are needed for lunch.
We'll have a separate sign-in sheet in the lobby for walk-ins and you are welcome to take any available seat.
Here's the draft agenda. Note that there are still some moving parts.
Ripe for the Picking
Repurposing wasted resources in our food chain, from people to soil to plate
9AM WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION
Gordon Douglas MD ‘55 Princeton Studies Food co-founder, Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and director of three biotech companies. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Searchinger Princeton Studies Food co-founder and Research Scholar, Woodrow Wilson School and the Program in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. email@example.com
Kai Robertson Senior Corporate Sustainability Advisor and Lead Advisor, Food Loss and Waste Protocol, World Resources Institute. firstname.lastname@example.org
9:45AM SUPPLY CHAIN: RECOVERY & REPURPOSING
Kristen Rainey Global Food Program Vendor & Supplier Relations Manager, Google Food. email@example.com
Melissa Donnelly Manager Sustainability Integration and Campbell Soup. firstname.lastname@example.org
Korlekuor Akiti ’19: moderator. email@example.com
10:30AM COFFEE BREAK
10:40 INNOVATIONS: NEW EDIBLE FILM FOR PRODUCE
James Rogers Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apeel Sciences.
Moderator, Tim Searchinger
11:25AM INNOVATIONS: REPURPOSING IN THE LAB
Alex Lorestani Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer of Gelzen, a synthetic biology company. firstname.lastname@example.org
Forrest Meggers Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University. email@example.com
Alice Wistar ’20: moderator firstname.lastname@example.org
12:25PM LUNCH, AND LEFTOVERS ON THE FOOD RECOVERY HIERARCHY
Further discussions with morning panelists
1:15 PM THINK GLOBALLY, ACT LOCALLY
Liz Lempert Mayor, Princeton. email@example.com
Jim Nawn Owner, Great Road Farm, Agricola, Dinky Restaurant, Cargot and Two Sevens; formerly owner of 37 Panera restaurants. firstname.lastname@example.org
Gina Talt, Sustainability, Princeton
Shun Yamaya/Liz Haile/Patrick Rooney Greening Dining/Freefood listserv
2:45:PM FARMING NEARBY: SOIL, HARVEST AND MARKET
Jon McConaughy Co-owner of Brick Farm Market, Brick Farm Tavern and their farm. email@example.com
Jonathan White Co-owner of Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse, where they make and sell award-winning cheeses and have restored habitat for bobolinks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Rosen Founder of Ironbound Cider Farm, Newark, NJ, practicing restoration agriculture in newly planted apple orchards in North Jersey. email@example.com
Dan Rubenstein Professor of Zoology; Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Director, Program in African Studies, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Professor, Human Diet, Agriculture and Climate course, Princeton University. firstname.lastname@example.org
Eliza Wright ’19: moderator. email@example.com
4:15PM COFFEE AVAILABLE
4:20PM WASTING AWAY: HUMAN COSTS, FARM TO FORK
Tessa Desmond Research Scholar in American Studies, specialist in ethnicity, migration and rights firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Johnson ’81 Founder and CEO of Isles, Inc., an urban sustainable development organization that fosters self-reliance and healthy neighborhoods. email@example.com
Serena Stein is a doctoral candidate in anthropology; she examines emerging practices in international aid, along with land conflict, food commodity histories, food security, and ethical sourcing. firstname.lastname@example.org
José Chapa Justice for Farmworkers Campaign, Rural-Migrant Ministry. email@example.com
Daniel Shepard ’19 moderator firstname.lastname@example.org
6:15PM COCKTAILS & WRAPUP AT THE E-HUB
Takeways from day: problems, solutions & next steps
Rozalie Czesana ’18 moderator rczesana@Princeton.EDU
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