Pursuing the Perfect Diet: Healthy, Delicious, and Low Environmental Impact
- 12:45 pm on Friday, January 23, 2015
- 1:45 pm on Friday, January 23, 2015
- Contact Name:
- Jean van Seventer
Pursuing the Perfect Diet: Healthy, Delicious, and Low Environmental Impact Dietary change may be an important part of a strategy to both ensure future food security and contain or reduce the environmental impact of agriculture. If so, how should we eat? This talk will share insights gained from the emerging field of food systems, delving into two specific questions of popular interest. First, how much food could be produced locally? Second, what type of diet feeds the most people? Dr. Peters will offer perspective on these questions from research on foodsheds, regional self-reliance, and modeling of carrying capacity Dr. Peters studies the sustainability of agriculture and food systems through the use of modeling, and his current research addresses both the land requirements of the human diet and the biophysical capacity for developing local and regional food systems Dr. Peters performed one of the first spatial analyses of potential local foodsheds, providing a concrete example of a term that has resonated with the local and regional food movements. Dr. Peters has an academic background that spans both environmental and agricultural sciences. He received a B.S. degree (Environmental Sciences) from Rutgers University in 1995, a M.S. degree (Soil and Crop Sciences) from Cornell in 2002, and a Ph.D. (Soil and Crop Sciences) from Cornell University in 2007.