2015 Feeding the Future Conference Logo.

March 27 and 28, 2015

How well are we equipped to deal with current and impending global and local food challenges? How will we possibly feed the large population of the future?

The Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment's biennial Elizabeth Babbott Conant Interdisciplinary Conference on the Environment brought together a mix of voices to inspire people to think creatively about the food system of the future.

With an all-star line-up of chefs, sustainable and urban farmers, food activists, scholars, and social entrepreneurs, we, in three unique sessions, explored the problems of the present food system, probed the lessons of the past, and gained inspiration from cutting edge food technologies. By taking an honest look at ourselves and our choices, our hope was to meld these lessons to envision a truly sustainable future of food.

The evening culminated with an exciting add-on reception*, “A Taste of Long Island Sound: Aquaculture, Alcohol and Beyond,” featuring a special tasting and talk on the future of sustainable local food by Chef Bun Lai of Miya’s Sushi in New Haven, Conn. This event pleased both our palates and sustainable sensibilities!

There were abundant opportunities for attendees to network over theme-based coffee breaks and a schmooze lunch. Sustainable farmers, activists, and practitioners joined us in conversation, sharing their real life experiences in an informal setting. The conference was designed not only to educate, but also to inspire – participants enjoyed good food and conversation along the way.

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