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If We Are What We Eat, Then Where Are We From?

Friday, August 5, 2022

11 a.m. EDT | Online

“You are what you eat” is often used as an admonishment when we have neglected to eat healthfully. But from a historical perspective, the assertion can open a wide range of questions about how we define ourselves and hold to our cultural affiliations, and to whom we should be thankful for our nourishment. This presentation will describe a journey to better understand where our food comes from, and how that history connects people, crops and livestock, and food cultures across the world. It will delve into the increasing homogeneity of human diets over recent decades, and discuss the benefits and challenges of this globalization trend. The talk will also discuss the state of conservation of crop diversity and outline the critical conservation actions needed to help our food systems become more diverse, healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable.

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