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Food Systems Seminar

Autumn 2020

Growing Resilience and Equity: Food Systems Amidst the Dual Pandemics of COVID-19 and Systemic Racism

Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. | Instructor: Yona Sipos

Autumn Seminar Growing Resilience and Equity

Students enrolled in NUTR 400/500 access seminars through the Canvas site. Videos available to the public will be posted on this page.

The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism are illuminating health equity, food equity, and structural vulnerabilities across the food system. COVID-19 impacts have amplified the inherent racial and economic inequities of our globalized and industrialized food supply chains. The lowest paid and most vulnerable workers have either been laid off or deemed essential and subject to unsafe working conditions; viral outbreaks continue to spread amongst farmworkers and meat processing workers; market channels are disrupted; and food insecurity is rising alongside food waste. These challenges disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who are already most affected by environmental and climate injustices. This Autumn 2020 Food Systems Seminar showcases researchers and organizers working at the confluence of these crises for positive and impactful change. Sessions will highlight challenges as well as transformation, hope, and potential for resilience and equity to take root across the food system. 

Autumn 2020 Schedule

Oct 6Intersections of Racial Equity and Food System Resilience

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Yona Sipos, Assistant Teaching Professor, Nutritional Sciences Program and Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Core Faculty for Food Systems, Nutrition, and Health, UW
Oct 13Food Systems Shock and Stresses and the Need for Food System Analysts: the IFSTAL Response

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John Ingram, Leader of Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching & Learning (IFSTAL) and Associate Professor, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Oct 20Examining the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Food Systems, Food Security, and Food Access in Washington State

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Adam Drewnowski, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Nutritional Sciences Program and Center for Public Health Nutrition, UW
Oct 27Codeveloping Culturally Relevant Messages for Farmworker Safety and Health in the COVID-19 Pandemic ProjectElizabeth Torres, Research and Project Coordinator for El Proyecto Bienestar (EPB) and Research Coordinator, Northwest Communities Education Center/Radio KDNA, and PNASH, UW
Nov 3Why Voting Matters to Food SystemsNavina Khanna, Director of HEAL Food Alliance
Nov 10Growing a More Sustainable, Equitable Future for Communities of Color: The Black Farmer's Collective and Yes FarmDirector Ray Williams and Program Manager Hannah Wilson from Yes Farm with the Black Farmers Collective
Nov 17Food Security of the Makah Tribe: Harvesting Seafood Before and During
Makah Tribal Members TBA and Laura Nelson, PhD Candidate, Interdisciplinary Conservation Science Lab, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, UW
Nov 24TBD - Co-hosted with WSU Food SystemsWSU Food Systems
Dec 1Design Determinants of COVID-19 Impacts to Food-Related Essential Business and ServiceJan Whittington, Associate Professor of Urban Design and Planning, UW; Gundula Proksch, Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, UW
Dec 8What's Next? A Student Perspective on Engaging the Future of our Foods System Climate ChangeUW Food Systems Coalition RSO

Autumn Seminar Support

A special thank you to the following programs for supporting our autumn seminar:


Past Schedules & Recordings

Schedule: Winter 2020 – Food Systems in the Age of Climate Change (PDF)

Recordings Available:

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