UniverCities Exchange, an ongoing collaborative project between UMKC and UMSL, gathers community leadership alongside academic expertise to discuss problems and possible solutions to issues affecting the Kansas City and St. Louis Metro Areas.
Topic: Extension & Engagement Week 2022
We are living in a time of volatility that presages even more radical changes to come. How will we respond to these great challenges and opportunities? Will we be able to anticipate them rather than just reach to them?
Join the MU Extension Food Systems Network to learn about multi-disciplinary efforts to build resilient community food systems that create positive economic impacts, enhance food access and increase food and nutrition security for all Missourians.
The Show-Me-State Food, Beverage and Forest Products Manufacturing Initiative is a collaboration among colleges and universities, state agencies, commodity groups and industry in Missouri. Members will showcase the initiative’s potential, priorities and process in this engaging panel discussion.
During this session, farmers and ranchers will tell the story of Missouri food production. Join this grassroots discussion to hear directly from the people who grow and raise food as they define the issues they currently face and discuss future opportunities for food production.
Take a deeper dive into the topic of food security with leading experts from the field. This session will explore food security issues on multiple levels and from various perspectives using an adapted “Ignite” session format.
University of Missouri faculty, students and staff will share how food-related research, community involvement, programs and other services impact Missourians.
Using policy, systems and environmental community work, how do we get people to make healthy choices if they have not experienced or lived the healthy choice journey? The healthy choice path includes seeing, touching, feeling and thinking about real-time food options and access.
In this session, panelists will explore ways that various forms of urban agriculture can increase food production and distribution to reduce food insecurity and shrink cities’ food deserts. We’ll discuss initiatives in Kansas City and St. Louis that are underway and opportunities to get involved.
Learn the cultural significance of food in different parts of the world and how we develop traditions around what, where, when and why we eat and drink.