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2021 ThinkFOOD Conference Highlights Sustainable Eating in a Warming Planet

The Center for Food Studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock will host the 8th annual ThinkFOOD Conference this October, with a focus on looking to nature for sustainable ways to eat and lessen our impact on the planet.

The event will be held in-person on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2; conference tickets are $25 for access to all sessions or $10 for the keynote only. The conference is free for students. For more information and registration, visit

This year’s theme, “Field and Forest,” will offer interactive sessions and workshops from experts from the Berkshires and beyond in areas ranging from sustainable eating to home gardens, food entrepreneurship, urban gardening, ethical foraging, agroforestry, and Berkshire-local agricultural initiatives. Emily M. Broad Leib, Clinical Professor of Law, Faculty Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School and author of the Blueprint for a National Food Strategy, will give the keynote address. 

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“The aim of ThinkFOOD is to empower attendees to learn more about Berkshire-local and regional initiatives aimed at softening our impact on the planet in the realms of agriculture, forestry, food service, and feeding ourselves,” noted Professor Maryann Tebben, head of the Center for Food Studies at Simon’s Rock. 

Attendees of the conference will walk away with timely insights and practical takeaways for eating, cultivating, and thinking about food in a more sustainable way, including new approaches to consuming food in ways that reduce humans’ detrimental impacts on the earth. 

To learn more about the ThinkFOOD Conference, the Center for Food Studies, or to watch sessions from last year’s conference, visit