Fast Food for Thought – Sustainable Food Systems Initiative

Fast Food for Thought

Fast Food for Thought is an annual event where a group of interdisciplinary UM SFSI faculty and staff affiliates give a series of 5 minute talks related to food and/or agriculture.

2024 Event Information

Date: Tuesday, April 16th
Time: 6:30-8pm
Location: Lorch Hall, Room 140

Past event videos here.

2024 Speakers

SpeakerAffiliationTalk TitleResources
Benjamin GoldsteinSEAS, Sustainable Urban-Rural Futures (SURF) lab“Comparing the
carbon footprints of
urban and
Comparing the carbon footprints of urban and conventional agriculture
Keith SosterMaize & Blue Cupboard; Michigan Dining“Michigan Dining and Sustainable Food Systems”
Alyssa ParedesLSA (Anthropology)“Bananapocalypse: Incurable Disease and Experimental Science at the Edge of Big Ag”Filipino Spaghetti Recipe

Experimental Science for the ‘Bananapocalypse’: Counter Politics in the Plantationocene
Bénédicte BoisseronLSA (Afroamerican and African Studies)“Eat Your Vegetables!: Root Diet in a Contaminated Caribbean Soil”
Juli McLooneUniversity of Michigan Library Special Collections Research Center“The Janice Bluestein Longone Culinary Archive: A Resource for You!”
Jennifer GarnerSPH“Aligning values across the food chain to improve public health outcomes”Local Food System Approaches to Address Food and Nutrition Security among Low-Income Populations: A Systematic Review

Local Value Chain Models of Healthy Food Access: A Qualitative Study of Two Approaches
Lunia Evodie OriolTaubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning“The Last Agricultural ‘Frontiers’: Planning For Food Security in a Changing American Subarctic”Climate opportunism and values of change on the Arctic agricultural frontier

The environmental consequences of climate-driven agricultural frontiers

Op-ed: Climate Change Is Bringing Agriculture to the Arctic. Let’s Prioritize Food Sovereignty.

Seeing Green: Lifecycles of an Arctic Agricultural Frontier
Lisa YoungLSA (Anthropology)“Student Activism and Food at U-M: A View From the Early 20th Century”Everyday Foods in War Times
Parijat ChakrabartiErb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise“Digital Platforms and Agricultural Transformation in East Africa”Nairobi in Cross-Section
dawn weleskiUM Student Life Sustainability“Eating within the Belly of the Beast”

Check out the video archive from previous years.

The Goals of Fast Food for Thought are to:

  • Foster cross campus, interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Generate knowledge (in the form of 5 minute video clips)
  • Help define the emerging and interdisciplinary field of sustainable food systems
  • Communicate about the broad range of food systems research and work happening across the University

What participants and attendees have said about Fast Food for Thought

Thank you sponsors!

SEAS, The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, CEW+, the Department of Nutritional Sciences, and the Sustainable Food Systems Initiative.
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