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Drought, Climate and the Food We Eat: Safeguarding Nutrition and Food Security in Dry Times Public Health Alliance Webinar Series

Drought, Climate and the Food We Eat: Safeguarding Nutrition and Food Security in Dry Times

Public Health Alliance Webinar Series

Emerging Water-Friendly Production Methods and Foods

Webinar and Discussion | Tuesday, October 20, 2015 2 - 3 PM PST

In crisis comes innovation. Please join us as we explore emerging approaches to producing healthy foods with water stewardship in mind. We will hear about how traditional agriculture is responding to the drought through new production techniques, technologies such as hydroponics and aquaculture, and some surprising ways of producing high-quality protein using food waste and almost no water.

Featured Speakers

Eric Larson, Executive Director, San Diego County Farm Bureau

Mr. Larson has been the Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau since January 1997. Mr. Larson began working in San Diego County's agricultural industry in 1971. His professional activities have included two years as president of the San Diego County Flower and Plant Association. He also serves as a director of the Southern California Water Committee and a member of the Southern California Ag Water Team. In addition to his work in agriculture, he served two terms as a member of the Carlsbad City Council and is a past director of the Carlsbad Municipal Water District, the San Diego County Water Authority, and the Encina Wastewater Authority.

Paula Daniels, Executive Director of California Central, a USC Villaraigosa Initiative
Ms. Daniels was recently appointed to the California Water Commission. She is the founder and chair emeritus of the LA Food Policy Council and a 2015 Pritzker Environment and Sustainability Education Fellow at the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (where she has taught food and water policy since 2010). After a long career as an attorney in civil litigation, she was appointed as a Los Angeles Public Works Commissioner (2005-2011) and then Senior Advisor (2011-2013) to Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles. Ms. Daniels has also been a commissioner with the California Coastal Commission (1999-2000), and a gubernatorial appointee on the governing board of the California Bay-Delta Authority. She served in Office of Planning and Research for the Office of Governer Edmund G. Brown as Senior Fellow for Food Systems, Water and Climate.


Tyler Isaac, Co-Founder, Slightly Nutty
Mr. Isaac is the founder of Slightly Nutty, a company focused on producing insects for food and animal feed by utilizing organic waste streams as feedstock. He recently completed his Master's degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, where he developed Slightly Nutty as an Eco-Entrepreneurship Fellow while specializing in coastal marine resources management. His experiences helped reveal to him the environmental impact of food production, as well as the enormous amount of food waste that is unused and landfilled. He views insect production as an ecologically and economically efficient method of protein production with the additional benefit of acting as a waste-management service, reducing the volume of organic wastes sent to landfill. 

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Webinar Host
The Public Health Alliance of Southern California is a collaboration of local health departments in Southern California statutorily responsible for the health of nearly 60% of California’s population. The Alliance addresses regional chronic disease prevention through upstream multi-sector policy, systems and environmental change. 
Learn more about the Alliance at
Tracy Delaney Ph.D., R.D.
Executive Director
Public Health Alliance of Southern California Public Health Institute
office: 619.452.1180
direct: 619.722.3403

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2015 Good Food Community Fair
Later Event: October 22
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