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Food Diversity, Human Health, and Climate Change - Fletcher Allen Healthsource Series

111 Colchester Ave
Burlington, VT

Gary Paul Nabhan visits Vermont to speak at Fletcher Allen's Healthsource Food Speaker Series on January 29 @ 6:30pm. FREE! Call 847-2278 to register or sign up online. The talk will take place in the Davis Auditorium in the Medical Education Center Pavilion (Pavilion II), Fletcher Allen Health Care.

Dr. Nabhan is the W.K. Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Arizona, as well as the permaculture designer and orchard-keeper of Almuniya de los Zopilotes Experimental Farm in Patagonia, Arizona. Widely acknowledged as a pioneer in the local-food movement and grassroots seed conservation, Nabhan was honored by Utne Reader in 2011 as one of twelve people making the world a better place to live. A recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award, his twenty-four books have been translated into six languages.

The global declines in low income household access to a diversity of fruit and vegetable varieties with high nutrient density and protective secondary chemicals has been linked to the rise in nutrition-related diseases, including adult-onset diabetes. If no significant rediversification occurs in the American diet,  health care for NIDDM ("adult"-onset) diabetes may top $1.3 trillion/yr by 2030.  Climate change will affect both the distribution and yields of many place-based fruits and heirloom vegetables, due to changes in growing season lengths, heat and cold extremes, water scarcity and disease and pest outbreaks. However, many new strategies are being employed to get more diversity back into the hands and diets of low-income families which are already nutritionally-at risk. Nutritional intervention success stories from diabetes-prone populations in the U.S. Southwest, Mexico and Hawaii will be featured.

Gary's latest book, Growing Food in a Hotter, Drier Land, will be available for sale and signing after the talk.