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The Challenge of Food Sustainability: Preserving Biodiversity, Forests, Cropland, Water

 

2013 Interfaith Conference

Sponsored by The Diocese of Virginia, Committee on Stewardship of Creation
Church of Our Saviour, Charlottesville, Virginia
September 21, 2013: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer

 

10:10 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote: “Creation Care is God’s business, and ours too”

 

Richard Cizik,New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good

 

11:10 a.m.Noon: Preserving Forests: Protecting Farmland, the Planet and Its People, and Biodiversity

 

John Seiler,Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech  

 

Noon – 12:40 p.m.: Preserving Farmland, Cultivating Farmers: Government Programs and Roles for Non-Profits in Agricultural Sustainability

 

James Baird, Mid-Atlantic States Director, American Farmland Trust

 

12:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Luncheon: Empowering Youth as Agents for Planetary Sustainability

 

Dave Finnigan, ClimateChangeisElementary.org.

 

A sustainable luncheon to be served:

 

2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: The Church, New Biology, and the Challenge of Climate Change: Heritage Plants and New Crops, Risks and Opportunities

 

Michael Rodemeyer, Agriculture and Genetic Engineering: Risks and Opportunities

Executive Director, Science and Technology Policy Intern Program, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia (Former Executive Director of Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnolgy)

 

Tal Day, GMOs at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

GMO Subcommittee Chair, The Episcopal Church Executive Council Committee on Science Technology and Faith

 

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Restoring an Ecology:  Personal Choices, Collective Action, Market Functioning and the Health of the Chesapeake Bay

 

Conservation Districts, Marian Moody, Henrico/Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District


 CBF Farm Stewardship Program, Libby Norris, Chesapeake Bay Foundation


Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Ecology, James Wesson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission

 

3:45 p.m.– 4:00 p.m Closing Meditation and Prayer: The Rev. Neal Halvorson-Taylor