Passaic County Family and Community Health Sciences Educator is presenting at the Sustainable Food Conference as the Key Note Speaker on Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Raritan Valley Community College Branchburg, NJ. This event will run from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and is open to all. For registration information visit http://www.raritanval.edu/foodconf
PASSAIC COUNTY - Calling all Sustainable Food Systems Advocates! On Friday, April 20, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., NJ Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability will be hosting its annual Sustainable Food Conference. This event invites everyone to spend the day exploring different areas sustainable food systems and our role in improving the environment. The Key Note will discuss some of the work happening in Paterson, NJ and the effect of Food Waste on the environment. Food waste is one of the largest environmental issues of our time. In the United States we throw out about 40% of the food we grow. Approximately 31% of that food loss is lost at the retail and consumer level, equating to approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion of food wasted annually. Due to the magnitude of this issue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) teamed up on September 16, 2015, to create the first-ever national food loss and waste goal in the United States which called for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030. Additionally in August 2017 the New Jersey legislator passed bill S-3027 to reduce New Jersey's food waste by 50% by 2030. Decreasing food waste will not only save the land, water, labor, and energy used to produce food, it will also save the national resources put in to dispose of it. In 2010, the economic cost of disposing of food into landfills was more than $2 billion. This is because “food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste going to landfills, accounting for over 20% by weight.” Additionally food waste is contributing to current global warming concerns. Food waste creates methane, a greenhouse gas which is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Learn how to reduce food waste in your own kitchen and how you can help institutions such as schools and hospitals reduce food waste overall. Interested in attending or want more information? Please register at http://www.raritanval.edu/foodconf. But don’t wait! Space is limited and registration closes on Thursday April 19, 2018.
About Rutgers Family and Community Health Sciences Department (FCHS)
The Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS), a part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, promotes health and wellness through education, research andcollaboration with outreach in food, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. For more than 100 years, FCHS has brought innovative food, nutrition and healthy lifestyles programs to New Jersey residents. We offer a variety of direct education and PSE Change initiatives, classes, programs, workshops, publications, social media, and on-line learning opportunities, many of which were highlighted in the needs assessment, to help individuals and families of all ages and income levels make choices that improve health. With programs such as our Grow Healthy school wellness initiative, Workplace Wellness programs, Get Moving, Get Healthy, and FCHS Wellness Champions program, we have fostered great relationships with our communities and have experience delivering direct education as well as Policy Systems and Environmental change initiatives throughout the life-span. For additional information contact: Sara Elnakib, RD, MPH, CHES at (973) 305-5746 or by email at Elnakib@njaes.rutgers.edu.