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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt">Description</span></b><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">A staggering amount of food is wasted in the United States—estimated at 52 million tons a year. At every step of our food system--growing, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, marketing, consumption,
 and disposal—waste is generated. Meanwhile, in our country, 13 percent of households (15.8 million households) were food insecure in 2015.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">A more resilient food system involves collaboration between industry, food innovators, and all those along the food value chain. For food purchasers, particularly grocers, institutions, businesses, and households
 addressing inefficiencies in food handling, production, and consumption can help reduce food waste. A fundamental shift in our collective mindset is also required to address the disconnect between our nation’s food system and the waste created.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Building Resiliency in Food Recovery</span></i></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"> will address the connections between wasted food reduction and food recovery. The webinar will explore building collaboration
 and support between diverse stakeholders, how to address similar (and dissimilar) challenges in urban and rural environments, and, fostering community empowerment to create and sustain local food systems.<b><o:p></o:p></b></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:14.0pt">Presenters and Topics</span></b><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Building Collaboration for the Food Waste Challenge
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Elise Golan, Ph.D., Director for Sustainable Development,<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="https://www.usda.gov/oce/about_oce/leadership.htm"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Office of the Chief Economist</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">, U.S. Department of Agriculture<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt">The New Food Movement and the Importance of Law and Collaboration
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Laurie Beyranevand, JD, Senior Faculty Fellow<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.vermontlaw.edu/academics/centers-and-programs/center-for-agriculture-and-food-systems"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Center for Agriculture and Food Systems</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">Vermont Law School<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black">Agricultural Surplus Management and Food System Resiliency</span></i></b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black">
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:12.0pt;color:black">Theresa Snow, Executive Director<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:12.0pt">For more information</span></i></b><b><span style="font-size:12.0pt">:</span></b><span style="font-size:12.0pt">   Athena Lee Bradley, NERC at 802-254-3636/</span><a href="mailto:athena@nerc.org"><span style="font-size:12.0pt">athena@nerc.org</span></a><span style="font-size:12.0pt">.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i>Funded in part through a United States Department of Agriculture grant.<o:p></o:p></i></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">Athena Lee Bradley, Projects Manager<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">Northeast Recycling Council, Inc. (NERC)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">139 Main Street, Suite 401<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">Brattleboro, VT  05301<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">Tel. 802.254.3636<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634"><a href="http://www.nerc.org">www.nerc.org</a></span></b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634"><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#943634">Mark Your Calendar! NERC’s Spring 2017 Conference will be held on March 15 – 16 in Burlington, Vermont.<o:p></o:p></span></i></b></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b><i><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#828147">Resource for Sustainable Solutions</span></i></b><b><span style="font-size:10.0pt;color:#828147"><o:p></o:p></span></b></p>
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