Food Lab members presenting work at upcoming ACSP conference in Portland, Oregon November. 3-6

The upcoming 56th Annual Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning Conference is taking place in Portland, Oregon from November 3-6, 2016. Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab members will be presenting in multiple sessions on topics ranging from water resource management institutions to examining the historical roots of racial disparities in the food system.

On Saturday, November 5, Alexandra Judelsohn will present a case study of the Kashmir region in South Asia. She will be describing how unregulated land use changes, poor planning decisions, political conditions, and recent extreme weather events coupled with the arrival of the global food system appear to have impacted the extent to which particular foods are grown, and in turn, consumed in urban areas of Kashmir. Her paper, titled “Land Use Change and Food Systems: A Case Study of Srinagar, Kashmir” raises concerns about the impact of misguided land development on foods crucial to traditional diets. During the same time block in a different session, Elizabeth Machnica will also be presenting on her work on how to incorporate quality of life for youth into food systems planning. Based on her work with the Massachusetts Avenue Project, she will be examining ways in which involvement in urban agriculture education influence quality of life for Buffalo’s youth.

Enjoli Hall and Subhashni Raj will present their work on Sunday, November 6. Hall’s paper, titled “Setting the Table for Racial Equity in Local Government Policy: Challenges and Opportunities of Community Food Planning through a Structural Racism Lens” is part of a larger session on food systems planning and policy. The presentation considers the historical roots of racial disparities in food systems and the policy implications of food systems planning’s failure to recognize the work of civic groups already strengthening community food systems through a case study of Dougherty County, Georgia. The audience will learn about the importance of historical and political perspectives for understanding racial disparities in food systems and implications for planning and policy of community-led initiatives. Former Food Lab research team member Nathan Attard will also be presenting a paper during this panel on the role of citizen advocacy and school district food policy initiatives in improving student nutrition in the Buffalo Public Schools. Also during the same time block in a different session, Subhashni Raj is taking part in a larger conversation on water quantity, water quality, land use and uncertainty. Her paper will examine how water resource management institutions in Dona Ana County, New Mexico are augmenting their practices to deal with water stress brought on by the present drought. The case study will explore how public institutions engage in water resources management as climate change intensifies and demands on scarce water supplies increase.

For full details, see the listing below.

Paper Title: Land Use Change and Food Systems: A Case Study of Srinagar, Kashmir
Food Lab Member Presenting: Alexandra Judelsohn
Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:00-9:15am
Location: Broadway IV

Paper Title: A Trajectory for Improved Quality of Life: Youth Engagement in Urban Agriculture in Buffalo, New York.
Food Lab Member Presenting: Elizabeth Machnica
Date: Saturday, November 5
Time: 8:00-9:15am
Location: Forum Suite

Paper Title: Setting the Table for Racial Equity in Local Government Policy: Challenges and Opportunities of Community Food Planning through a Structural Racism Lens
Food Lab Member Presenting: Enjoli Hall
Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 9:45-11:15am
Location: Broadway II

Paper Title: Role of Public Institutions in Agrarian Communities in Managing Water Resources in a Changing Climate: A Case Study of Dona Ana, New Mexico
Food Lab Member Presenting: Subhashni Raj
Date: Sunday, November 6
Time: 9:45-11:15am
Location: Galleria I