Wednesday, October 12, 2016

STEP Students Present at FEASt Symposium

Dana Boyer and Peter Nixon of Dr. Anu Ramaswami’s food research cohort both presented posters at the FEASt Symposium. This symposium hosted by the University of Minnesota brought together diverse researchers from a number of universities to highlight current agricultural research and discuss visions of future agricultural systems. Keynote speaker, Raj Patel, prominent food activist and best-selling author of Stuffed and Starved, presented on the historical effects of the division of common resources and the effects of gender equality on agricultural production. Dana Boyer presented her work with the Food-Energy-Water Nexus of Delhi and potential tactics for reducing water and energy consumption in Delhi’s food system. Peter Nixon presented on his work with utilizing county-level food, energy, and water metrics to identify water-vulnerable areas of high food and energy production in the United States and co-presented a second poster with Gianna Short and Joesph Nowak as members of the Data Harvest, an interdisciplinary research collaboration of graduate students from different fields. The Data Harvest presented preliminary results from a comprehensive survey of 12 farmers markets across the Twin Cities.
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