Cool day: I had a super special opportunity to speak to the Virginia Food Systems Leadership Institute, an interdisciplinary collaboration between four VA universities, on the role of American universities in the food system (as well as learn from a robust educational faculty team, students, and the public school nutrition system). Conversations like these particularly get me pumped as they extend far beyond what’s being put on the plates in a dining hall - they provoke questions, a breadth of discussions, and can provide insight that lead to new ideas and opportunities for improvement.
Food serves as a starting point to analyze, understand and solve larger problems - the health of individuals and society, economic growth, mental illness, how we view work and productivity, and rethinking if how we are living is truly sustainable. While topics such as local sourcing, food insecurity, communication, sustainability, scale, global nutrition, community, behavior change, youth nutrition in schools, food access, politics, and business were all covered... at the end of the day, our food system is a reflection of society’s current speed of our life. Ponder that 🤔