The Last Food Mile Conference

December 8-9, 2014
Philadelphia, PA, USA

  • 133 billion lbs (31%) of available food is lost annually in the U.S. retail and consumer levels alone
  • $161 billion retail value for the annual food loss
  • 49 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 16 million children
  • Wasted food squanders our resources: land, water, energy, nutrients, biodiversity, results in pollution and increased food costs
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(photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Sustainably feeding 7 billion people now and 9 billion by 2050 is a daunting challenge.  Reducing massive amounts of food waste is critical toward building sustainable food security in the world.

In an era of growing demand for more food, coupled with escalating production and environmental cost, dwindling natural resources, and international unrest, tackling food wastage is paramount to our future.

Conference Features

Waste occurs at the farm, the processing plant, the store, and the home. This conference will bring together experts from national and international, academic and industrial, public and private sectors, to discuss:

  • Where food losses occur along the food supply chain, why, and how much
  • What food waste reduction measures work effectively, lessons learned and barriers encountered
  • What policies and interventions are critically needed for moving forward

Who Should Attend

food waste strawberries

(photo thanks to Steve Finn)

Educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, corporate sustainability officers, government or NGOs personnel, concerned citizens…  All who are interested in solving the massive problems of food loss and food waste.

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The Inaugural International Food Security Initiative Lecture: Presented By Gerald Nelson

On September 8, 2014, in the Monsanto room at the College of ACES Library, Gerald Nelson will present the first International Food Security Initiative Lecture from 4 to 5 pm.

Gerald Nelson is Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry was the principal author of the report “Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate” released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in May 2014. He most recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in Washington, DC where he coordinated its climate change research, led the policy analysis activities of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, and was the principal investigator on major projects on food security and climate change issues funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the German and British aid agencies. Continue reading

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iSEE Congress 2014: Come hear “Peak food?” by Andrew Revkin

On Sept. 30, famed New York Times DotEarth blogger Andrew Revkin will visit campus to kick off iSEE’s first annual Congress, titled “Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture.”

Revkin will talk about “paths that give the best chance of limiting harmful impacts of humanity’s appetites on the planet and ourselves in a world heading toward 9 billion people seeking decent lives. I will explore food frontiers from the Amazon to the Caribbean, the meat lab to the farmers market.”

Revkin is one of 22 speakers — leading world scholars — iSEE is bringing in to discuss sustainable agriculture during the three-day conference. For more on the Congress, visit iSEE’s website here. You may register for FREE here.

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The State of Food Waste: Gleaning, and Other Ways to Help

After interviewing Jack Paxton for my last article, I had the same thought I know many others have had: “Wow. Maybe I should start thinking more about what I throw away. But how?” I went looking for solutions, maybe to tag them onto the end of the article, but felt like they merited their own piece, and so I turned this into a series, which I’ll probably post a few more articles in over the coming months. Continue reading

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WEBINAR: “Evaluation for Transformation”: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School

“Evaluation for Transformation: A Cross-Sectoral Evaluation Framework for Farm to School” provides common language for defining farm to school core and supplemental elements, guidance on program articulation, a comprehensive literature review of farm to school and farm to preschool outcomes, priority outcomes, indicators and measures for the four sectors of public health, community economic development, education, and environmental quality, and evaluation resources and tools. The webinar will introduce the different components of the framework, and highlight how different users can use it effectively for their unique needs.

DATE: August 26, 2014 

TIME: 12 – 1 p.m. Central Time

REGISTER: Here

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The State of Food Waste: Freeganism

wJack turbin 8334Jack Paxton is a UC Davis alumnus, professor emeritus of UIUC, teacher at UC-San Diego, and looks every bit the part of a respectable academic. Yet he’s trying to get
ordinary people to talk about a topic that many consider the territory of young hippies – freeganism. Freeganism is a lifestyle based on minimizing consumption and waste. In part, this means what  Freegan.info  calls “waste reclamation” – something I, Paxton, and most Americans refer to as “dumpster diving.” Continue reading

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Application Open for “Preparing a New Generation of Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Farmers”

first logoAspiring Illinois farmers, new growers with less than five years’ experience, commodity farmers interested in diversifying to include fruit or vegetable production, and high school and community college agriculture teachers are invited to apply now for the next session of a free training program offered through the University of Illinois crop sciences department. Continue reading

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Ceres Trust Organic Research Initative

Application due date:  September 25, 2014ceres-trust-logo-300b
Ceres Trust, a privately administered charitable trust based in the Midwest, has as its main focus the support and promotion of organic and sustainable agriculture. The competitive Organic Research Initiative (ORI) program awards grants of up to $60,000 per year for up to three years. Ceres Trust anticipates that up to ten grants will be made to universities and other nonprofit applicants in the 12-state North Central Region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Seven research areas that are of interest have been identified and appear online. Find the full list of research areas and more detailed information at the Ceres Trust website.

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September 4th Field Day: Keystone Cover Crops, Soil Health, and Value Adding with Diversity Workshop

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 4th and plan to be a guest at this Workshop/Field Day which showcases three separate ongoing research projects being conducted at Dave Bishop’s PrairiErth Farm as well as other conservation practices. 

PrairiErth Farm’s Dave Bishop will discuss the 3-crop system of farming being used on his farm, as well as other value adding techniques that can be utilized on small or large scale farming operations. Continue reading

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NCR-SARE announces the 2014 “NCR-SARE Hero” Award, Honors Dale Mutch

NCR-SARE is pleased to announce Dale Mutch of Portage, Michigan is being honored as a 2014 “NCR-SARE Hero.”

Coordinated by the NCR-SARE Alumni Organization, this recognition honors the leadership, vision, contributions, and impact that these heroes have made in the field of sustainable agriculture in the north central region. The NCR-SARE Hero Award recognizes individuals who 1) have provided service to NCR-SARE, sustainability, and/or national SARE, 2) have shown leadership in sustainable agriculture locally and regionally, and 3) have made lasting impacts to sustainability in the North Central region.  Continue reading

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