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The Challenge of Food Sustainability: Preserving Biodiversity, Forests, Cropland, Water


2013 Interfaith Conference

Sponsored by The Diocese of Virginia, Committee on Stewardship of Creation
Church of Our Saviour, Charlottesville, Virginia
September 21, 2013: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m

10:00 - 10:10 a.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer


10:10 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote: “Creation Care is God’s business, and ours too”


Richard Cizik,New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good


11:10 a.m.Noon: Preserving Forests: Protecting Farmland, the Planet and Its People, and Biodiversity


John Seiler,Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech  


Noon – 12:40 p.m.: Preserving Farmland, Cultivating Farmers: Government Programs and Roles for Non-Profits in Agricultural Sustainability


James Baird, Mid-Atlantic States Director, American Farmland Trust


12:40 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Luncheon: Empowering Youth as Agents for Planetary Sustainability


Dave Finnigan, ClimateChangeisElementary.org.


A sustainable luncheon to be served:


2:00 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: The Church, New Biology, and the Challenge of Climate Change: Heritage Plants and New Crops, Risks and Opportunities


Michael Rodemeyer, Agriculture and Genetic Engineering: Risks and Opportunities

Executive Director, Science and Technology Policy Intern Program, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia (Former Executive Director of Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnolgy)


Tal Day, GMOs at the 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church

GMO Subcommittee Chair, The Episcopal Church Executive Council Committee on Science Technology and Faith


2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: Restoring an Ecology:  Personal Choices, Collective Action, Market Functioning and the Health of the Chesapeake Bay


Conservation Districts, Marian Moody, Henrico/Caroline Soil and Water Conservation District

 CBF Farm Stewardship Program, Libby Norris, Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Restoring the Chesapeake Bay Ecology, James Wesson, Virginia Marine Resources Commission


3:45 p.m.– 4:00 p.m Closing Meditation and Prayer: The Rev. Neal Halvorson-Taylor