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RIPE FOR THE PICKING: Repurposing wasted resources in our food system

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Robertson Hall

Princeton University

Washington Road

Princeton, New Jersey 08544

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If you eat, this conference is Ripe for the Picking

Students, colleagues, alumni and friends on campus and in the community, please do register and join us at Robertson Hall on Friday, Feb 23, for a day of debate and solutions-oriented discussions on how to repurpose wasted resources in our food/ag system to deliciously nourish ourselves while protecting our Earth and its finite resources.

Panel discussions will explore the dire consequences of wasted food, the vital importance of quality on the plate, efforts to extend shelf life of produce, the compost at the end of the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy, the way forward for a cheesemaker and his spring piglets, practicing restoration agriculture with a young apple orchard and mushroom spores, and repurposing and honoring human capital throughout in an effort to transform the linear system to circular.

Morning panelists will first examine ways to measure and reduce the quantities of wasted resources, then will discuss and debate solutions and innovations in place and on the horizon, in government, in the supply chain and in the lab. Audience Q&A will follow.

After the conference lunch (free, but register through this site), our afternoon panelists, before audience Q&A, will examine wasted food reduction efforts, recovery and innovations under way on Garden State farms and in local food-based businesses. The final panel will examine governmental and corporate origins of our current linear food/ag system, its false externalities that bring the prices down at checkout, and its human costs, including low wages throughout, chronic diet-related disease and lack of connection to each other and the land.

We will wrap up as we have in years past, with a reception at the e-Hub on Chambers Street.

The conference is open to all; tickets are free but are needed for lunch.

We'll have a separate sign-in sheet in the lobby for walk-ins and you are welcome to take any available seat.

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