Knowledge for better food systems

Introduce yourself

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We are very interested in seeing the range of people who are taking part in this forum discussion. Please tell us about your reasons for joining this conversation and what particular topics you would like to discuss. 

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Submitted by rsanto on

Hello, my name is Raychel and I work at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future on a variety of research projects related to food policy councils and local/regional food governance, the relationship between diet and climate change, urban agriculture, and institutional food service procurement. My colleague Roni Neff and I attended the COP 21 conference in Paris to present on research we've been part of that explores country-specific per-capita dietary climate and water footprints. Disappointed by the lack of engagment on food and agriculture issues at the conference motivated my interest in pursing this oversight in the future. I'm excited to see how this forum and network can facilitate future collaboration. 

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Submitted by crhricko on

My name is Carolyn, and I work with the Food System Policy Program at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. My work centers on advancing sustainable food system policies that protect public health and the environment. My current areas of focus include environmental and health impacts of food animal production, antimicrobial resistance, institutional food procurement reform, impacts of industrial agriculture on immigrant workers, diet and climate connections, and national food security. I hold a MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Global Environmental Sustainability and Public Health, and some of my previous research focused on exploring plant responses global environmental change, particularly changes in CO2 concentration, water availability, and temperature. I'm excited to be joining this network and look forward to collaborating.

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Submitted by calvinheim on


My name is Calvin. I plan to volunteer some software patches to the Free Software Foundation's GNU project. These patches would be for gnutrition, a computer program for nutrition calculation. One of these patches would make it easier to extend the program for arbitrary purposes. gnutrition and its future extensions represent, or will represent, a point at which consumers make food decisions. It must deal with the ethics of telling people what to eat. That is a key challenge to addressing meat consumption through policy, paraphrased from the COP workshop summary notes. What I don't know is if and when the software will be useful enough to affect policy, but it may do this within the next decade. My motivation for being here is to leave this minimally disruptive footnote so that later software developments do not disrupt the coherent strategies and messages that this forum seeks to make.