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Wednesday, October 11 • 7:30am - 9:00am
University Influence in Urban Food Systems (90 mins)

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Entire urban university communities, with a multitude of internal and external influences, are addressing food system opportunities and challenges at local, regional, and global levels. To address food system complexity, urban university faculty, staff, and students are engaging with a variety of stakeholders. In addition to focusing on the fundamental need of feeding the growing world population, urban universities are recognizing the value of individual expertise and the collective capacity to nourish the people, the environment, and the economy.

Diverse perspectives have led to definitions of food systems that often include descriptors such as local, regional, global, community, sustainable, resilient, inclusive, equitable, healthy, or culturally relevant. Each of the terms carries specific meaning and context. Across campus, initiatives and conversations about food have the capacity to bring out the full potential of the university. From dining services and real estate to academic units, student life, advancement, engagement, and public relations, urban universities influence urban food systems. In addition to single-factor interests, transdisciplinary investigation of food systems have progressed beyond compartmentalized approaches to explore multi-dimensional aspects.

The poster presentation builds upon the themed issue of Metropolitan Universities journal on urban university contributions to food system teaching and learning; research and innovation; outreach and engagement; and resource stewardship.


Julie Fox

Associate Chair, The Ohio State University, Dept. of Extension

Wednesday October 11, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Colorado Ballrooms

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