Call for Papers: University of Vermont Food Systems Summit--the Necessary [r] Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems
June 17-18, 2014 Burlington, Vermont
Abstract Deadline: February 15, 2014
The UVM Food Systems Summit is an annual event drawing scholars, practitioners, and food systems leaders to engage in dialogue around the pressing food systems issues facing our world.
The Summit will immediately precede the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) joint annual meeting June 18-22 at the UVM campus. The UVM Food Systems Summit is an independently organized event and may be attended either alone or in combination with the AFHVS/ASFS conference.
The Summit will feature presentations on up to 9 competitively selected papers. Paper presentations will be selected on the basis of peer-reviewed abstracts submitted by interested scholars. Selected papers will be assigned to one of 3 panel sessions by topic.
Scholars whose papers are selected for presentation at the Summit will also be invited to submit their paper to a special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development (JAFSCD). Publication in that journal will be subject to a separate peer-review process. A travel stipend of up to $500 will be offered to Summit presenters who submit their paper to the journal.
The Summit will be structured around 3 panel sessions, each with a 2-3 scholars and 1-2 invited nonacademic presenters (e.g. policy experts and practitioners). The panel sessions will allow time for the presentation of selected papers, as well as Q&A and engaged dialogue with the audience. The Summit will also include 3 invited keynote addresses from leaders recognized as experts in the field of food systems. Unlike traditional academic workshops, the Summit is designed to optimize engagement between scholars and practitioners outside of academia. As such, the Summit will be open to the public and the organizers will actively seek participation from regional nonprofits and government.
Session Themes: The Summit welcomes research papers related to local level responses to globalization in the food system. Research should show a connection between local level initiatives to the global context we face in a 21st century food system. The specific content of each panel session will be determined on the range of papers selected for presentation. Potential session (and paper) topics include, but are not limited to:
Geopolitical context: Food sovereignty from a local and global perspective. Who should own and control the food system? How does current policy and trade affect local outcomes? What research and policy initiatives do we need? For example:
Economics and Geography—food distribution and access
Justice Issues—migrant labor; wages; access to land/capital; fair trade initiatives
Biophysical constraints: How much additional food capacity do we really need and where? How much land base do we need to feed the world’s population if we produced our food ecologically and were able to reduce wasted food? What assumptions or adjustments do we need to make about diet and nutrition to do so? Can you be ecologically, economically, hydrologically, and energetically sound and intensive? What research and policy initiatives do we need? For example:
Environment—inputs/impact (e.g. GMOs, organic production, runoff), energy; climate and resilience (drought and floods); use of water resources
Trade-offs—food versus biofuels; value-added versus food security; scale of solutions
Food safety—GAP (good agricultural practice) and FSMA (Farm Safety Modernization Act) implications for small and medium producers; food borne illness implications (e.g. raw milk, produce, eggs, meat); antibiotic-resistant bacteria
Behavior and culture: What do we know about the human ability to change our behavior, to proactively adapt? How do cultural values influence food practice? How do these considerations affect the questions above? What research and policy initiatives do we need? For example:
Consumer Behavior—choice, information, attitudes
Producer Behavior—production choice—costs/welfare (e.g. migrant labor issues, “intern labor,” health insurance) from inputs to disposal (compost); land use issues
Farm to Institution—implementation, evaluation, impact, and policy
Healthy Food for the People—independent retailers, consumers, and policy makers working together to increase access to fresh food
Community development—food hubs, economic/community impact, farm to school/institution; newer models (e.g. food boxes)
Likely/Unlikely Partnerships—working across divides (e.g. organic and local produce in national chains)