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Upcoming Events


June 17-18, 2014
Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center
590 Main St., Burlington, VT 05405

“The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue on the pressing food systems issues facing our world. The Summit will include Keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners.”

The 2014 Summit will focus on local-level responses to globalization in the food system through the following themes: the impact of our geopolitical context on our food system, the biophysical constraints we face for food production globally, and the implications of behavior and culture for our food system.”

CAFS Director Laurie Ristino will be moderating Wednesday’s panel, “Geopolitical Context”, which will include presentations on the future of the local food movement, Mexico’s evolving urban food system, and a case study of organic farmers in Lima, Peru, among others.

CAFS will also be live-tweeting from the event. Be sure to follow at @CAFScenter.

For more information on the Summit and to register for the event, click here.



July 21-25, 2014
Bilbao, Spain

“The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established one-week summer programme that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and inter-disciplinary setting. By talking, studying and interacting with food experts from all over the world, practitioners are able to gain new perspectives into both their own sectors and international regulatory issues.”

CAFS Associate Director Laurie Beyranevand will participate as Faculty in the Summer Academy. Professor Beyranevand will lead a session on the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and its impact on the global food supply. Professor Beyranevand will also participate in roundtable discussion on comparative approaches of food regulatory regimes, where panelists will discuss the regulatory systems of the US, China, ASEAN, and the EU.

Download the 2014 Preview Program here.
For more information, visit the Academy’s website here.

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