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Friday, November 21


Opening Keynote & Breakfast - Verlasso
Limited Capacity seats available

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The Role of Aquaculture in the Future of Food Production

Our food production systems are about to encounter unparalleled challenges.  By mid-century the world's population will increase by 2 billion people.  Additionally, escalating worldwide wealth is leading to changing food desires.  Together these mean food production will need to double in about 30 years.  Current practices won't take us there. Agricultural production consumes 70% of the world's water and 35% of our land.  Aquaculture has the potential to be a substantial contributor to our food future. Its development can and must be built on a foundation of sustainable practices.  As one example of this, Scott Nichols will share new practices developed at Verlasso that allow salmon to be raised in harmony with the environment.

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Scott Nichols

Director, Verlasso
Scott is a Director at Verlasso ® Harmoniously Raised Fish which raises salmon in Patagonia. He is responsible for Verlasso’s engagement with NGOs, environmental, sustainability and culinary leaders to discover ways to evolve aquaculture to meet the ever-growing demand for fish... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 8:00am - 8:45am
Kenan Institute Room 204


Closing Keynote & Final Remarks - WISErg
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Challenging the Norm to Solve America’s Food Waste Problem

The U.S. sends more than 60 billion pounds of food waste to the landfill each year. That’s 18 percent of our total waste stream that could be repurposed if not prevented. Awareness is no longer the issue, especially as municipalities pass food waste mandates pushing citizen and corporate sustainability. The issue is slowness to action and outdated thinking that perpetuates the status quo. The new generation has an opportunity to solve America’s food waste problem, and it all starts with asking a question. Larry LeSueur shares how the team at WISErg used questions to ignite development and implementation of disruptive solutions to our community’s waste problem.

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Larry LeSueur

Larry LeSueur has made a career of maximizing efficiencies in a range of projects in manufacturing, distribution and high technology. Before leaving the corporate world he was most notably, VP of infrastructure with Avanade and General Manager of Windows Server Systems at Microsoft... Read More →

Friday November 21, 2014 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Kenan Institute Room 204