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October 12, 2017
Sanders Theater, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge
Foodbetter Harvard invites you to ask questions about the food system and how to improve it: how to grow better, eat better, shop better, conserve better . . . how to Foodbetter. Join a Lightning Round of 5-7 minute Foodbetter Ideas shared by a cross-section of the community, as well as a discussion about how industry leaders are reinventing the food system and their communities from their Boston-area restaurants.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
3:30pm to 6:00pm
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October 12, 2017
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
Lecture by Julie Guthman, 2017–2018 Frances B. Cashin Fellow, Radcliffe Institute; professor of social sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:15pm
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September 19, 2017
MIT 10-250, 222 Memorial Dr., Cambridge
Please join the Environmental Solutions Initiative and Dr. Johan Rockström, director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, for a riveting afternoon on resilient and sustainable global systems.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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September 21, 2017
Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
Ever wondered how to reconcile your love for meat with your love for the planet? Or how our global food system will realistically satisfy and nourish the world's rapidly growing population? Join Natalie Kindred, Senior Researcher at Harvard Business School's Agribusiness Department, and Pat Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods, for a lively Q&A discussion on science, entrepreneurship, and the defense of food culture, justice, and sustainability. Come curious and hungry.
Thursday, September 21, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm
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October 30, 2017
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
"How Much Poison is Too Much? Calculating Hazard in International Nutrition Programs and Commodity Trade" with Lucas Mueller (MIT HASTS).
Monday, October 30, 2017 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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October 23, 2017
Room 100F, Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
"Remapping Knowledge Exchange: Scientific Agriculture in Sonora, Mexico and Punjab, India" with Gabriela Soto Laveaga (Harvard, History of Science).
Monday, October 23, 2017 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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June 10, 2017
Maxwell Dworkin Bldg, 33 Oxford St., Cambridge
Harvard's Science in the News invites you to a free, day-long science conference consisting of talks and interactive demonstrations given by graduate student scientists. This year’s topics include: Climate change, public health, GMOs, heat waves, agriculture, ocean heat content, honeybees, and more!
Saturday, June 10, 2017 -
10:00am to 4:30pm
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May 19, 2017
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Measuring Methane Emissions from Dairies" with Claudia Arndt, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF).
Friday, May 19, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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May 8, 2017
BioLabs Lecture Hall, 16 Divinity Ave., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents "Understanding and Improving Crop Responses to Global Atmospheric Change" with Lisa Ainsworth, Associate Professor of Plant Biology; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
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May 2, 2017
Science Center, Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The HMNH welcomes Jean Beagle Ristaino, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of Emerging Plant Disease and Global Food Security, North Carolina State University, who will discuss the latest research on P. infestans and describe Charles Darwin’s early role in the search for durable resistance to this serious plant disease.
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
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April 13, 2017
Room S250, CGIS South Bldg, 730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs presents “The Road to Food Waste is Paved with Good Intentions” with Norbert Wilson, Professor of Food Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University.
Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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April 28, 2017 to April 29, 2017
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, HMS, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
The Planetary Health Alliance, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Wellcome Trust, Ecological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, and The Lancet, invite you to the inaugural Planetary Health/GeoHealth Annual Meeting, a two-day event showcasing the extraordinary momentum that is taking place around the world in the field of planetary health while highlighting institutional developments, emerging investigators, research developments, and applications to policy-making and natural resource management.
Friday, April 28, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day)
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April 26, 2017
Science Center A, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
David Lobell, William Wrigley Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Associate Professor of Earth System Science; Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford University
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
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March 29, 2017
Belfer 503, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
This M-RCBG hosted study group will examine the risks and challenges from the perspective of interested stakeholders looking to promote the interests of smallholders.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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April 6, 2017
MIT 1-242, Pierce Laboratory, 33 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab at MIT present "Frontiers in Groundwater Irrigation" with Visiting Professor Chandra Madramootoo.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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April 3, 2017
Geological Lecture Hall (100), 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE presents "Trends and Challenges in Global Agriculture: The Opportunity for Digital Ag" with Michael K. Stern, CEO and President of The Climate Corporation.
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:00pm
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March 10, 2017
100F Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge
"Water-Food-Climate Squeeze: Can We (Bio)Engineer Our Way Out?" with Praveen Kumar, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Friday, March 10, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
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March 9, 2017
Room S250, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Nina Gheihman, PhD Candidate, Sociology Department, Harvard University, will present "Veganism in Vogue? Comparing a Cultural Practice in the United States, France, and Israel."
Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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April 1, 2017
Austin Hall, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., HLS, Cambridge
This year’s Just Food? Conference will focus on labor in the food system, exploring the issues most relevant to those who grow, harvest, prepare, and serve our food.
Saturday, April 1, 2017 (All day)
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March 24, 2017 to March 26, 2017
Harvard University, Cambridge - Exact locations TBA
An annual professional conference on plant-based diets and bioethics that emphasizes innovation, self-critique, and re-examination of a plant-based diet as an elegant solution to a host of pressing issues in an increasingly global community.
Friday, March 24, 2017 (All day) to Sunday, March 26, 2017 (All day)
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February 23, 2017
Science Center Hall D, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment presents "Meeting Future Food Needs: The Global Food System Under Climate Change" with Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) as part of its newest lecture series, Future of Food.
Thursday, February 23, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:30pm
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February 24, 2017
Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Weatherhead Center for International Studies hosts an afternoon of “speed talk” presentations by two dozen top scholars in the Boston area highlighting current research findings at the important nexus between food, agriculture, health, society, and the environment.
Friday, February 24, 2017 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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January 26, 2017
Washington Room, Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
Gidon Eshel, Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Research Professor of Environmental Science and Physics, speaks as part of the Harvard University Technology Assessment in Health Care Monthly Seminar Series. Continental breakfast will be served.
Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
7:45am to 9:15am
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January 31, 2017
Harvard Global Health Institute, 42 Church St., Cambridge
The Harvard Global Health Institute presents Harvard Law School's Food Law and Policy Clinic Director Emily Broad Leib who will present on "Food Waste Policy: Solutions for People, Planet, Profit."
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 1:00pm
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February 9, 2017
HSPH, FXB G13, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
The Planetary Health Alliance (PHA) hosts Dr. Richard Ostfeld, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 12:00pm
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January 25, 2017
Haller Hall (102), Geological Museum, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard University Center for the Environment invites you to a special screening of Age of Consequences, an investigation of climate change impacts on resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of national security and global stability. Q&A with Executive Producer Sophie Robinson to follow screening.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm
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December 13, 2016
Live Webcast
The Forum at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health hosts a panel discussion that will explore innovative methods and systems for producing food, as well as new types of products and underutilized sources. Presented jointly with PRI’s The World & WGBH.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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December 7, 2016
Science Center 469, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
The Harvard History of Science Department’s Modern Sciences Working Group and the History of Medicine Working Group host a special lunch seminar featuring Dr. Gyorgy Scrinis, Senior Lecturer in Food Politics and Policy in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 -
12:00pm to 2:00pm
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November 17, 2016
S-250 CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs hosts Jock Herron for a talk on the nexus of population, food systems, and habitat health. Herron, Instructor at GSD, co-led the Smart Cities and Wellness Project and is currently working on a rotational grazing project in Central Massachusetts.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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November 30, 2016
Milstein East, Wasserstein Hall, HLS, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge
The Union of Concerned Scientists and the Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School cordially invite you to a panel discussion about a national food policy. Learn about the ways a national food strategy could make sure every American has access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to workers, good for the environment, and improves farmers' livelihoods.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
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December 7, 2016
Sheerr Room, Fay House, 10 Garden St., Cambridge
Gidon Eshel, Hrdy Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, will give a talk as part of the 2016–2017 Fellows' Presentation Series.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 4:00pm
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October 19, 2016
Science Center Hall B, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
HUCE and National Geographic invite you to a special pre-release screening and discussion of the documentary film, Before the Flood. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award-winning actor, environmental activist and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio, Before the Flood presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes now occurring around the world due to climate change, as well as the actions we as individuals and as a society can take to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 5:30pm
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September 8, 2016
Room S250, CGIS South Bldg 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Christopher Bosso, Northeastern University, will present "Why the Farm Bill is Now About Food Stamps.”
Thursday, September 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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September 10, 2016
Starr Auditorium, Belfer 200, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge
The aim of this conference is to map emerging technologies that could address global grand challenges, review their disruptive characteristics, identify potential sources of social concern, and outline business models and public policies on how to address the social concerns.
Saturday, September 10, 2016 -
8:30am to 5:30pm
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October 26, 2016
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB G13, 677 Huntington Ave., Boston
The Center for Health and the Global Environment hosts "Sustainable Urbanization: the Future of Aviation, Buildings and Food" with Aaron Bernstein, Assistant Director, Center for Health and the Global Environment and John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer, United Technologies.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -
12:30pm to 1:20pm
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April 28, 2016
Room S050, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
"Scaling up Technology Delivery Systems for Food Security" with Chandra Madramootoo, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Professor, McGill University.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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April 15, 2016
Weil Town Hall, 1st Floor, Belfer Center, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Let There Be Water: Israel's Solution for a Water-Starved World with Seth M. Siegel, author of Let There Be Water and Council on Foreign Relations member.
Friday, April 15, 2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm
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April 21, 2016 to April 22, 2016
Plaza outside Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge
A two-day, event-filled celebration of the University’s commitment to a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. Explore how food shapes our lives and world by experiencing presentations, cooking demonstrations, panels, and an innovation and sustainability fair on the ways our community tries to Foodbetter.
Thursday, April 21, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 22, 2016 (All day)
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February 18, 2016
Room S250, CGIS South Bldg, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge
William A. Masters, Professor, Tufts University, will discuss "The Big Picture for Global Hunger: Recent Transitions in Agriculture, Public Policy, and Nutrition."
Thursday, February 18, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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April 5, 2016
M-RCBG Conference Room (503), Belfer Bldg, 79 JFK St., Cambridge
Study group led by M-RCBG senior fellow Simon Winter.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 8, 2016
HKS study group led by M-RCBG senior fellow Simon Winter.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 -
4:00pm to 5:30pm
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February 22, 2016
HUCE Seminar Room, 24 Oxford Street, 3rd Floor, Cambridge
Lisa Haushofer (Harvard, History of Science/Chemical Heritage Foundation) presents "Pepsin Era - Artificially Digested Foods and the Eating Body."
Monday, February 22, 2016 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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March 31, 2016 to April 1, 2016
45 Francis Ave., Cambridge
Co-sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and Food Literacy Project, this conference aims to bring together farmers, religious and spiritual leaders, and academics in a robust and stimulating discussion about the spirit of sustainable agriculture, delineating its past, celebrating and investigating its present, and theorizing its future. 
Thursday, March 31, 2016 (All day) to Friday, April 1, 2016 (All day)
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March 25, 2016 to March 26, 2016
A conference exploring land and the food system: how land affects what we eat, who we are, and the environment we live in.
Friday, March 25, 2016 - 3:00pm to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:30pm
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December 3, 2015
Northwest Labs B103, 52 Oxford St., Cambridge
“What We Talk About When We Talk About Food”
Thursday, December 3, 2015 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm
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November 16, 2015
Lowell House Junior Common Room, Harvard University, Cambridge
Come learn about food rescue and sustainability from a panel of experts working on these topics at Harvard and in the greater community.
Monday, November 16, 2015 -
8:00pm to 9:00pm
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October 27, 2015
CGIS Knafel, Bowie-Vernon Room K262, 1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge
A conference presented by the Harvard University Asia Center and the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia.
Tuesday, October 27, 2015 -
9:00am to 5:30pm
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November 13, 2015 to November 14, 2015
MIT Wong Auditorium, 2 Amherst St., Cambridge
MIT presents the 2015 Water Summit, "Thriving with Change."
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 3:00pm to Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 5:00pm
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October 19, 2015
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, FXB G12, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
John Mandyck, Chief Sustainability Officer of United Technologies, will speak about his new book, "Food Foolish"
Monday, October 19, 2015 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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September 30, 2015
Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard University, Cambridge
Screening of Michael Graziano’s Documentary, “Resistance”
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 5:00pm
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September 25, 2015
Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge
The Program in Global American Studies, Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History, presents talks from postdoctoral fellows Megan Black, Samantha Iyers, Justin Leroy, and Stuart Schrader.
Friday, September 25, 2015 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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October 26, 2015
Pierce 100F, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge
Susanne E. Freidberg, Chair, Department of Geography, Dartmouth, will discuss “Obstinate Harvest: Corporate Food and the Technoscience of Supply Chain Sustainability.”
Monday, October 26, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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October 5, 2015
Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston
Join faculty from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for a wide-ranging discussion examining four major global health threats that are challenging the lives and health of people in the US and globally.
Monday, October 5, 2015 -
9:00am to 1:30pm
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September 8, 2015
K262, the Bowie-Vernon Room, Knafel Building, CGIS, 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Andreas Mitzschke, Maastricht University, will present on "Competing, Conflicting, and Contested Futures: Temporal Imaginaries in the GM Crops Controversy".
Tuesday, September 8, 2015 -
12:15pm to 2:00pm
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February 27, 2015
Harvard Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street 1st Floor, Cambridge
The Symposium will feature 20 Harvard faculty members from 8 schools and a dozen departments giving 7 minute "speed presentations" on their current Food+ research
Friday, February 27, 2015 -
12:30pm to 4:30pm
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March 18, 2015
Wellesley College Science Center, Room SCI-277, 106 Central St., Wellesley
An Arnold Arboretum Lecture with Michael Phillips, Farmer and Orchardist, Lost Nation Orchard at Heartsong Farm, Groveton, NH
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 -
12:30pm to 3:30pm
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March 29, 2015
A conference exploring the intersections between social, economic and environmental justice and the food system. A collaboration of the Harvard Food Law Society and Food Literacy Project as part of Food Better.
Sunday, March 29, 2015 (All day)
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October 3, 2014
CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
Get an overview of the food system and then delve into its four primary categories: production, marketing and distribution, nutrition, and waste. Hear from Harvard-affiliated speakers about how they are working to Food Better or innovate within the topic areas.
Friday, October 3, 2014 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm
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March 31, 2014
HSPH, Kresge, Room 502, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston
“Do pollinators matter for human nutrition?” with Alicia Ellis
Monday, March 31, 2014 -
12:30pm to 1:30pm
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November 20, 2013
Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston
Gary Paul Nabhan, W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems, University of Arizona
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 7:30pm
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February 28, 2013
Quincy House, 58 Plympton Street, Cambridge
A discussion with Professor Chin Jou from the History of Science Department
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:45pm
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October 26, 2011
Phillips Brooks House Parlor Room, Harvard Yard, Cambridge
A discussion about food and sustainability at Harvard and beyond.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 8:30pm
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