Poster Abstract Submission Form
Deadline for Submission: Monday, October 15, 2012
Please submit application and any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weston A. Price Foundation invites submission of abstracts from all health professionals on a broad range of topics relating food and nutrition to health demonstrating the integration of practice, education and scholarship. Specific topics include but are not limited to incorporating nutrition into your practice, results of nutritional interventions you have made with a specific patient population or patient teaching projects involving nutrition. All posters must represent your original work.
First Author Name and Title/Credentials:
Second Author Name and Title/Credentials:
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Poster Presentation: Abstracts selected for poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference. Poster presentations should be self-contained tabletop displays. Please purchase tri-fold posters that stand upright on tables without additional support. Successful poster presentations include large posters will clear, colorful graphics and text clearly describing the methods, programs or practices pertaining to the theme of your presentation. Handouts describing your presentation, reference materials and your business card may be distributed. No other information including books or products for sale may be displayed or promoted in any way at your poster display.
Title of Poster:
Abstract (250 word limit):
Author Name and Title/Credentials: Gigi Berardi, PhD
Professor of Environmental and Food Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University and Director, Resilient Farms Project
Title of Poster: Back to the Future: The Resilient Farm
One of the biggest threats to sustainable, low-input farmers is the confusing array of overlapping regulations, reporting requirements, and nuisance ordinance compliances that challenges farmers’ ability to maintain profitability, especially among small-scale growers. Nevertheless, it is clear that resilient farmers, as we see in our research, are ready to turn threats into opportunity. Reducing vulnerabilities and increasing resilience will depend upon an ability to live with change and uncertainty, to value niche diversity particularly in nutrient-dense foods, and to identify a wide range of knowledge and perspectives (and values) especially regarding grassland farming.
Resilience strategies include crop diversification, low-input pasture-based livestock systems, and management of soil fertility that emphasizes reliable sources of organic matter. In fact, one of the logical outcomes of our study is that animal-based fertility is essential to resilient and sustainable approaches. Indeed, if animals are not included in the farm operations, the farm has little hope of functioning as a resilient farm organism.
Public education regarding the meaning and value of food, particularly, nutrient-dense foods was seen as critical to building a resilient farm sector. While focusing on best management practices with grass farming as a base, farmers also are spreading the word to alert consumers – we must commit to protecting farmland and other open spaces for future generations. Clearly, new ideas, new agendas, centered on real threats to farming most certainly will advance the emerging national concern for a coherent food policy, one that is based on farm-generated inputs and maximum nutrient-dense calorie production.
Images and case study text: Includes Sweet Grass Farm, Inspiration Farm,
Edelweiss Organic Dairy, Bellewood Acres, Twin Brook Dairy