By UW Sustainability | May 3, 2022
Sustainable Food Systems text over photo of the UW Farm

The Whole U and UW Sustainability are partnering to host a series of virtual conversations around sustainable and ethical food systems.

Sessions will feature experts in the following areas:

  • UW’s food systems
  • Food sovereignty
  • Sustainable farming
  • Food accessibility
  • Food systems in the wellness industry

Participants will engage in meaningful conversation about the current nature and future of our food systems. Each session will cover a different aspect of food systems with guest experts guiding conversation and offering considerations. The goal is to create space for critical discussion about how food systems impact our campuses, lives, and greater communities. These sessions will use facilitated breakout rooms to think creatively about how our food systems already meet important needs, and how they could be better designed in the future. All sessions will be hosted on Zoom.

These conversations are open to UW staff, faculty and students. Each session requires registration through The Whole U (links below). 

Session 1: UW Food System Project with Yona Sipos, PhD and Stella Zhou, MPH student

Friday, May 6, 12-1 p.m.

During this hour session, you will learn about the UW Food System Project in the Nutritional Sciences Program at the UW Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Yona Sipos, PhD and Stella Zhou, MPH student will facilitate discussion around the future of food at UW.

Session 2: Sustainable Farming with Eli Wheat, PhD

Tuesday, May 24, 1-2 p.m.

Eli Wheat will highlight the UW Farm and further experience operating a certified organic farm. Wheat will share how and why sustainable farming is an essential part to ethical and sustainable food systems.

Session 3: Food Sovereignty with Charlotte Coté, PhD

Friday, May 27, 12-1 p.m.

We’ve invited Charlotte Coté, PhD, a Nuu-chah-nulth woman from Vancouver Island and Professor of American Indian Studies at the UW, to help us embrace food sovereignty: “a food system in which the people who produce, distribute, and consume food also control the mechanisms and policies of food production and distribution.”

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