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2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit

Oct. 23-24, 2013


The 2nd Buffalo Food Policy Summit brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss opportunities for sustainable economic development through the food system in support of a healthier, more resilient Western NY. Its goal is to introduce the Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County (FPC) to policymakers and residents, and describe how they can engage with the new Council in creating a more just and sustainable food system.

For the full schedule of events, visit the Buffalo Food Policy Summit website.



“Just Sustainabilities in Food Systems Research”

October 23

1:30—3:30 pm

Harriman Hall 105, UB's South Campus

Exploring the relationship between humans, the environment, social justice and equity in food systems research

Featuring a keynote address by Dr. Julian Agyeman, PhD FRSA, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University. Dr. Agyeman’s current research interests critically explore complex and embedded relations between humans and the environment, whether mediated by institutions or social movement organizations, and the effects of this on public policy and planning processes and outcomes, particularly in relation to notions of justice and equity. 

The keynote address will be followed by a research roundtable on new frontiers in food systems research:

Panel discussants

Himanshu Grover, PhD - Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo

Heather Orom, PhD - Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, SUNY University at Buffalo

Ted Schmidt, PhD - Economics and Finance Department, SUNY Buffalo State 

Moderator: Samina Raja, PhD - Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo

Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by the School of Architecture and Planning and UB's Civic Engagement and Public Policy Initiative.

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Meet Dr. Agyeman: Events for Faculty and Students Only

9:30-10:30am, Diefendorf 104 - Light Breakfast for students, faculty and staff

10:30-11:30am, Hayes C-05C - One-on-one office hours for students or faculty. Sign up here.

3:45-4:45pm, Hayes C-05C - Light refreshments for post-docs, researchers, faculty, and PhD students

Additional Events

Oct. 23

Public Forum: What can food policy councils do for consumers?

5:30—7:30 pm

Burchfield Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Ave Buffalo, NY 14222 

The 2nd Food Policy Summit – Info Fair and Public Forum will explore ideas related to how Erie County residents can leverage the Food Policy Council of Buffalo and Erie County for changes in the local Food System. Free and open to the public.

Come before the public forum to learn more about how to improve Buffalo Public School meals:

Just Lead...the way to better School Meals! 5 pm, Burchfield Penney Art Center

HKHC-YAC youth leaders have an agenda to improve school meals in Buffalo in the 2013-14 school year. At the Just Lead event we will launch our agenda and invite everyone to get involved. Join youth, parents and the Buffalo Public Schools community in sharing what changes you’d like to make concerning school meals. Engage in fun activities, listen to inspirational speakers, and get in the running for cool giveaways. Free and open to the public. RSVP at

Oct. 24

Food Systems Planning & Policy Training Workshop

2 pm - 4:30 pm 

100 Allen Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus

APA CM Credits Pending

The food system, or the infrastructure that enables the delivery of food from farm to table, contributes to the health, economic and social well-being of cities and regions. A well-functioning food system supports jobs and economic growth, promotes public health, and protects the environment. This hands-on training workshop focuses on the use of planning and policy tools to strengthen community food systems.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn:

  • how food systems contribute to the creation of healthy and sustainable communities
  • how municipal and regional governments around the United States are using planning and policy tools to strengthen the community food systems

Register for this training here.


Free Screening of Place at the Table and Panel Discussion

6:30 pm

107 Capen Hall, UB's North Campus

50 million Americans - 1 in 4 children - don't know where their next meal is coming from.A Place at the Table tells the powerful stories of three such Americans, who maintain their dignity even as they struggle just to eat. In a riveting journey that will change forever how you think about the hungry, A Place at the Table shows how the issue could be solved forever, once the American public decides—as they have in the past—that ending hunger is in the best interests of us all.

The film will be followed by a panel discussion including the filmmaker and experts from the campus and community to answer questions and discuss food systems in our region. All films in the Sustainability Film Series are free and open to the public.