University of Rhode Island focuses 2020 food summit on the ‘Intersection between Climate Risk and Food’

Fourth Annual Rhode Island Food System Summit to be held Jan. 15

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Jan. 9, 2020 – Amid mounting concerns over the impact of extreme weather and rising temperatures on land and water resources and the global food supply, the University of Rhode Island will highlight climate risk and the path forward as part of its fourth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, The Intersection between Climate Risk and Food will bring together farmers, producers, consumers, community organizations, policymakers and others to discuss the growing environmental challenges facing our state and how this affects our ability to produce enough food to feed our population while continuing to grow what has become an important part of the local economy.

The event will feature a keynote address from Navyn Salem, founder and CEO of Edesia, who will talk about her company’s work to end the crisis of global malnutrition. It will also include a conversation with Kim Anderson, owner of the Providence-based Plant City Food Hall and Marketplace, and Frohman Anderson III, managing partner at EverHope Capital, about how implementing a plant-based diet is not only good for your health, but also good for the environment and climate. Additionally, the day will include breakout sessions and panel discussions on building food system and environmental resilience locally in the face of a changing global climate.

The Rhode Island Food System Summit is sponsored by the URI Business Engagement Center, the URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences, URI Dining Services, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council. Due to limited space, advance registration is required. For more information or to register, contact: Katie McGwin at (401) 874-9509 or at kmcgwin@uri.edu.

WHO:   URI President David M. Dooley; Kenneth Ayars, chief, Rhode Island DEM Division of Agriculture; Navyn Salem, Edesia founder and CEO; Kim Anderson, owner of Plant City Food Hall and Marketplace; experts from the University of Rhode Island, state of Rhode Island, community organizations, local businesses and many more. Visit the Rhode Island Food System Summit for a full agenda and speaking program.

WHAT:   The fourth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit:
The Intersection between Climate Risk and Food

WHEN:   Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.          

WHERE:   University of Rhode Island
Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences
120 Flagg Road,
Kingston, Rhode Island

To make coverage arrangements, contact Dawn Bergantino, URI Marketing and Communications, at 401.874.4147 or dawn_bergantino@uri.edu.