The purpose of this session will be to introduce UVA students to the local food community. We will discuss health, nutrition, education, and outreach as it pertains to sustainable food systems.

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The event will consist of a panel discussion with 3-4 experts and a moderator. Ideally, the experts will consist of a mixture of UVA professors, students, and members of the Charlottesville community.

During the talk, each expert will give a 5-10 minute background of their organization and their experience in the local food community of Charlottesville. The remaining time will be give to Q+A and discussion with the audience.

The event will be advertised around    Charlottesville order to involve community members outside of the university. We will also extend personal invitations to various individuals involved in the local food community. We hope that this event will appeal to broad variety of people and that this diversity will make the session a more engaging, informative, and collaborative experience.

In addition to the panel, this session will provide an opportunity for students to tour Morven Farms as well as to attend a class trip to the Farmers market on Saturday morning. There will also be a community meal following the talk. This meal will feature local foods from the Charlottesville area.


The panel will ideally consist of a variety of student, teacher, and community experts. Below is a list of possible experts depending on availability. Notably, we will extend an invitation to one outside speaker, a representative of the Public Kitchen project in Boston. This person will be hosted during their stay and give a tour of the local food community in Charlottesville.

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Specific topics will vary depending on the individual speakers for the event. However, we aim to touch on the following subjects: the effect of the industrial revolution on food consumption, sustainable food systems, green urbanism, nutrition, and the slow food movement. The emphasis of the discussion will be on the local food community, particularly how this community can be fostered and strengthened through education and outreach.

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Transduction Themes

Food and Community relates to transduction on several scales. Firstly, there is a chemical transduction between food, environment and the body. This refers to chemicals in the form of macro- and micronutrients but also to those that are aversive and toxic. On a social level, food practices are related the values of the community, and are part of a broader cultural inheritance. The discussion of food also pertains to transduction in the form of knowledge. How are we educated about health, nutrition, sustainable food systems, and our local food communities? How are we not? How can we improve outreach to create a more informed and engaged community? 

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Proposed by Meaghan Taylor.