Symposium: THE FUTURE OF FOOD: Urban Bio-Economies in Europe and America

Location: Notre Dame Conference Center, McKenna Hall

The Future of Food
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All sessions are free and open to the public (except the lunch, which required advanced registration and payment).

The world’s population is now more urban than rural. This historic shift has had an enormous effect on systems of food production and distribution in Europe and America. In recent years, metropolitan farming and local sourcing of ingredients have grown rapidly in response. Citizen farmers have reclaimed abandoned land. Urban farms have sprouted up on city rooftops. New social and economic models are emerging alongside these developments. What are the most exciting experiments? What are the best and most sustainable practices? What can Europeans and Americans learn from each other as they seek to establish new, effective ways of transforming their food systems? Join us at Notre Dame for an international conversation between the best and brightest about the future of urban food.

Conference Program and Schedule Updated 5/3/13



9:00 a.m. – Session I: Food and the City 

10:30 a.m.-- Session II: From Farm to City

12:00 noon-- A Famers Market Luncheon (Registered participants only)

1:30 p.m.– Session III: The Sustainable City

3:00 pm.– Session IV: Taking Action in Europe and America

4:15 p.m.– Closing Panel followed immediately by a reception of local beer and cheeses

7:00 pm. – Additional cultural event: The Films of Pierre Etaix at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
(Tickets are $4-7 and can be purchased at or 574-631-2800)


The Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame
European Union Delegation to the USA