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Food Systems and Human Health

Human health is influenced by the environments that surround us and by our personal choices. One of these environments is defined by the inter-relationship among quality, availability, accessibility and costs of foods. Through time, constantly evolving societies have developed food systems to serve societal and individual needs. Each system has societal advantages and disadvantages that impact human health in positive and negative ways. This symposium offers the opportunity to learn and discuss about the consequences of the organic and conventional food systems, local versus global dimensions on human health, and the influence of new food ingredients on human immune systems and health.

The “Solution-Driven Science” symposia highlight topics that are relevant to everyone’s future.  The format gives participants an opportunity to listen to experts on specific themes and get engaged in an informative conversation through an extended question and answer panel discussion.  The symposia are supported by and reflect the strategic initiatives of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.

February 14th, 2008
12:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Northstar Ballroom
St. Paul Student Center  

Symposium Agenda

12:30 p.m. - Moderator: Helene Murray, Executive Director
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Opening Remarks: Dean Allen S. Levine
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


12:45 p.m.  -  Changing Perceptions of Agriculture and Health
Katherine Clancy, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow
School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems
University of Minnesota

1:30 p.m.  -  Food Based Approaches to Chemoprevention: Prescription Production Systems for Enhanced Health Benefit in Vegetable Crops
Vince Fritz, Ph.D.
Department of Horticultural Science
Southern Research and Outreach Center
CFANS, University of Minnesota

2:15 p.m.  -  Break - light refreshments


2:30 p.m.  -  Sustainable Solutions for the Delivery of Healthy Foods
Jean Kinsey, Ph.D
Department of Applied Economics
CFANS, University of Minnesota

2:45 p.m.  -  Threats to the Production and Consumer Demand for Fresh Vegetables
Francisco Diez, Ph.D
Department of Food Science and Nutrition
CFANS, University of Minnesota

3:00 p.m. -  Roundtable Panel Discussion

In-depth discussion on thematic areas of the symposium

4:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks: Sr. Associate Dean F. Abel Ponce de Leon,  College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences


Food Systems and Human Health

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