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Let's take the adage "You are what you eat" a step further: "Your world is what you eat."

This year's two-day Healthy Foods Summit, annually co-hosted by the University of Minnesota's Healthy Foods/Healthy Lives Institute and Landscape Arboretum, focused on food and the environment: the impact of climate and environmental changes on food production and, conversely, the impact of food production on the environment.

Good policy comes from an informed citizenry. Invested with a strong desire to make the world a better place for ourselves and future generations, we look to expand our knowledge and understanding of today's critical issues that relate to our mission. Through the Healthy Food Summits, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum provide a public forum in a nature-rich setting where members, community leaders, policymakers, citizens, and other stakeholders connect with one another and today's foremost scholars, authors and experts from around the globe.

Who Attends the Healthy Foods Summits
Food science and production researchersHealth care professionals
Public health professionals
Environmental and natural resource professionals
Food producers
Food processors
Food co-op members
Agribusiness professionals
Community farm participants
School administrators
Concerned citizens


Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, University of Minnesota

Department of Food Science & Nutrition, University of Minnesota

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

HealthPartners yumPower

Minnesota Obesity Center, University of Minnesota

Nutrition Graduate Program, University of Minnesota

Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Extension


Food Industry Center, University of Minnesota

GPS Alliance Global Spotlight, University of MInnesota

Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Minnesota

Obesity Prevention Center, University of Minnesota



Great Harvest Bread Co.


Campus Club, University of Minnesota

Consortium on Law and Values, University of Minnesota

Gardening Matters

Healthy Eating Minnesota Network

Hennepin Technical College Departments of Culinary Arts and Landscape and Horticulture

Homegrown Minneapolis

Minnesota Grown

Minnesota Project

Renewing the Countryside

Roots for the Home Team

School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

St. Paul-Ramsey Food and Nutrition Commission

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

Twin Cities Local Food




8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis
$95 general admission  ♦  $75 Arb members,
faculty, staff, alumni
  ♦  $50 students



KEYNOTE: Climate Change and the Food System: Moving to Next-Generation Models and Tools
CYNTHIA ROSENZWEIG, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Senior Research Scientist, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Adjunct Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Barnard College

Can Ecological Intensification and Food Sovereignty Feed the World?
MICHELLE M. WANDER, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Program, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Food and Sustainable Biofuels: Thinking Clearly
about the Issues

BRUCE E. DALE, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Michigan State University

Toward an Environmentally Sound Farm Bill
CRAIG COX, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Environmental Working Group

Challenges and Choices in Global Change and Food Security
KEITH WIEBE, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy and Research Institute

The Environment, Food Production, and Public Health
CRISTINA TIRADO, D.V.M., Ph.D., PAHO/WHO Food Safety Regional Adviser, Adjunct Professor, UCLA School of Public Health


Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.






8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska
$75 general admission  ♦  $50 students

Producing Healthy Food While Protecting Our Planet

Click on the title for a downloadable pdf of the presentation.

Achieving Healthy and Affordable Food Access in the Era of Climate Change
DR. CECILIA MARTINEZ, Director of Research Programs, Center for Earth Energy & Democracy (CEED)
Through community projects driven by urban citizens, access to healthful food is increased while the impact to climate change is reduced.

Neonics and You: Effects of Neonicotinyl Pesticides on Honey Bees and Bumblebees
JUDY WU, University of Minnesota Bee Lab, Ph.D. candidate, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota
Do neonicotinoids increase food production, and what is their impact on pollinators? If you are using nursery stock to attract pollinators, could you be planting poison?

Smart Snack: It's in the Bag
LaDONNA REDMOND and XAVIER PORTER, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

The Smart Snack program involved urban youth in a bee pollinator and pop-up garden project. The project produced more than healthful veggies. Youth learned how to engage in their community and run a business while offering a local source for healthful produce.

KEYNOTE: Climate Change and You: What Matters Most? How Does It Add Up?
KEYA CHATTERJEE, Footprint Outreach Senior Director, World Wildlife Fund and author of The Zero Footprint Baby Guide (June 2013, Ig Publishing)
What are the most promising methods to feed the world with minimal impact on the environment? Can individual actions actually have a positive effect? How do we address the issues of food justice, supply and access without harming the planet?

T2P2 will use their take-no-prisoners approach to improv to illuminate the connections from the morning and inform the afternoon's array of presentations.

Getting it There: Truckin' Food the Biodiesel Way
ARLENE JONES, Co-owner/operator, The Farm on St. Mathias and SPROUT MN
The SPROUT MN project features a one-ton refrigeration truck that motors along the rural roads of central Minnesota, providing a valuable service to local farmers; a constant reminder of the importance of sustainable agriculture, local foods, and bio-fuels; and a model for larger future applications.

Good Food, Clean Water:  How Farmers Are Responding to the Crisis
BRAD REDLIN, Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Commercial sized farmers respond to the demands of making a living with crop and livestock production in ways that reduce the use of harmful chemicals, improve the quality of our water, and point to ways to reduce production costs on the bottom line and the planet.

Producing: Food, Fiber, Energy Ecologically
DARWIN ROBERTS, Martin County, Minnesota

Not Keeping It Down on the Farm: Increasing the Reach of Growing and Processing Food with Sustainable Methods
NICK and AMELIA NEATON, Sweet Beet Farm, Watertown, Minnesota
A fifth generation farming family has made a sustainable transition from traditional practices to organic food production to reduce the impact on the environment.

Producing Healthy Food While Protecting Our Planet
Part 1
Part 2
, Round River Farm
David Abazs settled Round River Farm in 1987, raised a family, and began a life long journey to explore living in balance with natural cycles and the northern elements. Their engagement in self-contained food production points to ways of producing food and jobs in ways that sustain the planet. http://www.round-river.com/



Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available.