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Caring For Creation

Jim Matson, Chief Counsel, Retired, Wisconsin Dep’t. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer ProtectionGary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, UW Wisconsin Energy InstituteJane Elder, Executive Director, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and LettersHelen Sarakinos is the new Development Director of the REAP Food GroupBill Berry, Writer, Editor: Conservation, Agriculture and Rural IssuesMichelle Miller, Associate Director of Programs, UW Center for Integrated Agricultural SystemsMolly Jahn, Prof., UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dep’t. of Genetics

Caring for Creation Series – Year 2

A Monthly Lecture and Discussion Series; 10am Sundays, Borgwardt Hall 

As Lutheran Christians, we are called be stewards of God’s creation and to respect the integrity and limits of the earth and its resources. We are called to evaluate food systems and food by their direct, indirect, short-term, and long-term effects on the well being of ALL CREATION and PEOPLE.

Click here to view the brochure, with speaker schedule and excerpts from the social statements of the ELCA.

Organizing committee: David Knuti, Sigrid Knuti, Gisela Kutzbach, John Kutzbach, and Wilda Nilsestuen.

Click here to email with questions or comments. 

 

Speakers and topics:

Sundays, 10am (following the 9am service)
Borgwardt Hall, Lower Level, coffee station included

The next Caring for Creation Series will start in the fall. 

 

Past Speakers and topics:

May 7, 2017
Challenges of Feeding the World in 2050
Molly Jahn, Prof., UW College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dep’t. of Genetics

The world’s interconnected global markets, burgeoning appetites and an increasingly variable climate have already started to levy a heavy burden on our food systems that deliver safe, nutritious, and accessible food. The present famines in Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria and Yemen serve as tragic reminders that our stunningly successful focus on increasing agricultural yields in the 20th century is not all that’s required for food security and stable global food systems. Dr. Jahn will discuss current perspectives on our global and local food systems and describe strategies being pursued around the world to steer our future toward healthier and more secure outcomes for all.

Molly Jahn is a professor in the Department of Agronomy, the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, and the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she also served as dean of the College

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April 30, 2017
(Re)Creating Our Resilient Regional Food System – Healing the Rural/Urban Divide
Michelle Miller, Associate Director of Programs, UW Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems

Before refrigerated trucks, the federal highway system and irrigation projects, most of a city’s food came from the region surrounding it. No more. Today, much of our fresh fruit and vegetables are grown on large farms with poor labor conditions, and travel from distant coastal states and Mexico. As this national food supply chain grew, regional food networks withered. We are exploring ways to renew our regional food system so that it can undergird the national system and make it more resilient. These approaches hold promise for supporting entrepreneurial businesses and reconnecting cities with their rural regions.

Michelle Miller is at the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the sustainable agriculture research center. A Wisconsin native, she is an economic anthropologist engaged in participatory research with farmers and others who create our food system. Her current projects focus on labor and land tenure, agriculture of the middle and regional food economies, food freight logistics, resiliency and climate change.

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April 2, 2017
Healthy Food, Healthy Land, and Supply Chain Sustainability
Bill Berry, Writer, Editor: Conservation, Agriculture and Rural Issues

Government programs seek to encourage sustainable environmental practices on America’s farms and ranches. The marketplace, however, may provide more opportunities to accomplish these same goals. Consumers drive the decisions of major corporations, and many consumers are asking for healthy food grown in a sustainable manner.  This has led corporations like General Mills and Coca Cola to adopt sustainability platforms and develop products and production procedures that appeal to people who are concerned about how their food is grown. We will explore this growing trend and what it means across the supply chain.

Bill Berry has spent most of his life communicating about conservation of natural resources, at daily newspapers in Wisconsin and with conservation groups at the state and national level. He writes a regular column for The Capital Times of Madison. He lives in Stevens Point.

 

March 12, 10am, Borgwardt Hall
Expanding Local Food Access to Consumers, Schools & Businesses

Helen Sarakinos, Executive Director of the REAP Food Group

Join us for this important talk in this year’s Caring for Creation series on “Farming, Food, and Responsible Fruitfulness”. Plan to bring a friend! 

Helen is a seasoned advocate and organizer for issues that impact our community’s kids, citizens, food, and water. In her presentation at Bethel, she will talk about the work of REAP Food Group, which has become a leader in the local food movement and now connects farmers & producers, restaurants, healthcare institutions, schools & students, consumers, and the community-at-large to support Southern Wisconsin’s local food system. 

REAP’s current programs include Farm to School, Buy Fresh Buy Local Southern Wisconsin, which connects local farms and producers to institutional purchasers, and the Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas, a guide for consumers to local food. REAP approaches food system change at every level in order to increase the access to local food while building a food chain that is environmentally and economically sustainable.

 

February 12, 10am, Borgwardt Hall
Safeguarding Wisconsin’s Waters: Quality, Supply and Healthy Ecosystems
Jane Elder, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Join us for this important talk in this year’s Caring for Creation series on “Farming, Food, and Responsible Fruitfulness”. Plan to bring a friend! 

Jane Elder will talk about challenges related to safeguarding Wisconsin’s waters. She will look at water supply, water quality, and aquatic habitat. Her talk will be based on the Academy’s recently published Shifting Currents report, which includes an overview of gains and setbacks in Wisconsin water policy and practice over the last 15 years. This report also highlights emerging concerns, examines the context for decision-making around water management and protection, and explores root causes that influence water conditions and policy in Wisconsin.

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January 15, 2017
Second Harvest

Dan Stein, CEO/President, Second Harvest of Southern Wisconsin

Food banks assist hunger relief agencies by focusing on finding large sources of food, storing it and redistributing it. This allows relief agencies such as food pantries, homeless shelters and soup kitchens to focus on what they do best, directly serving those in need. Studies show that as much as 40% of all food produced in this country is wasted. Food banks help reduce that wastage. Today, in addition to feeding more than 100,000 people in Southern Wisconsin, Second Harvest has begun forming collaborative partnerships with the medical community in addressing potentially significant physical and emotional health problems caused by food insecurity and preventing them when possible.

Dan Stein is President and CEO of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and a member of Bethel.

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November 13, 2016
The Intersection of Energy and Food Production
Gary Radloff, Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis, UW Wisconsin Energy Institute

Biofuels fuel produced from plants have strengthened our energy security. Biofuels provide about five percent of our transportation fuel and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. But corn ethanol production now takes 40% of the crop, which has increased world grain prices. Alternative biofuels from wood and grass and biogas from animal waste have a foothold in Wisconsin and might become much bigger with the aid of research and leadership from UW and the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.

Gary Radloff is the Director of Midwest Energy Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin Energy institute.

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October 16, 2016
Food, Land, & Water: Can Wisconsin Find its Way?
Jim Matson, Chief Counsel, Retired, Wisconsin Dep’t. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Our food system is under stress, and so are the natural resources that sustain it. Where do we go from here? In the first lecture/discussion of this year’s series, “Farming, Food, and Responsible Fruitfulness,” Jim Matson will discuss trends in food consumption and waste; the economics of food production; the conflicting needs between food production, energy and development; and the need for clean and abundant water. God’s creation is both diverse and vulnerable and needs our stewardship. Jim will have time to answer your questions after the lecture and we invite you to continue the discussion at the Core Group meeting, October 19Wednesday6:30pm at Bethel. Find the whole schedule of the series in the September 21 Bethelite and below.

Jim Matson was a driving force in the two-year statewide project to evaluate the most responsible paths to a sustainable future for Wisconsin’s critical natural resources. In his 36-year career at the Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, 28 years as chief legal counsel, Jim developed regulatory policy for food, environment, disease control and consumer protection, including the Working Lands Initiative.

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Ecological Boundaries: from Wisconsin to the World
John Kutzbach, UW Center for Climatic Research, Nelson Institute 

The ecology, environment and climate of our state, our country and the world are changing rapidly. The vital reserves of land, life, food, water, air and ocean are threatened. We know why these events are happening because earth science provides accurate scenarios of the past, present and future. We know that things will get much worse if we do nothing. We know how to tackle the problem. But will we?

John Kutzbach is professor emeritus of climate and the environment, University of Wisconsin, still engaged in climate research, and a member of Bethel. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Get on Board the Solar Train (click here for a pdf file of the presentation)
Michael Vickerman, Program and Policy Director RENEW Wisconsin

Michael Vickerman, Program and Policy Director of RENEW Wisconsin, advances the interests of renewable energy producers and purchasers in legislative and regulatory proceedings, as well as public forums. Under his direction, RENEW formulated and mobilized political support for major pro-renewable policies, including a statewide 10% renewable requirement by 2015. Solar power industry provides a cost-effective source of electricity for business and institutional customers and employs more than 200,000 people nationally.

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Pedestrians, Bikes & Cities
David Cieslewicz, Wisconsin Bicycle Federation, Mayor of Madison 2003-2011

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does. 

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Caring for Creation: Earth-Wise
Cal DeWitt, UW Institute for Environmental Studies
To watch the video of this presentation click here.

 

Future of the Yahara Watershed and Madison Lakes
Jennifer Seifert and Eric Booth, Water Sustainability and Climate Project, UW-Madison

The Madison area is changing fast. The decisions we make today that impact our land and water will also impact the well-being of future generations. How can we ensure we are making good choices? A UW-Madison research team has developed scenarios, or plausible stories about the future, depicting ways the region could change by 2070. These scenarios help us understand potential impacts on land and water and facilitate discussions about a desirable future. Visit Yahara2070.org.

 

Madison in Motion
David Trowbridge, Transportation Policy & Planning Manager, City of Madison, Planning Division

David Trowbridge will talk about “Creating a Livable City for the Next Generation: The role of Transportation in the Madison Urban Area.”

Whereas the previous talk in the Caring for Creation series examined potential human impacts on land and water in the Madison area, this presentation will focus on challenges and solutions for our city environment where most of us spend much of our time. 

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