Join The Nature Conservancy and WBUR for an Open Conversation on The Future of Food

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22nd, at Artists for Humanity.

BOSTON, MA | April 10, 2013

What is the future of food? Local organic vegetables? Genetically modified rice? Insect protein? Is paleo or vegan eating better for the environment? And how can we balance feeding the world with an urgent need to protect biodiversity?

Join this important community conversation at The Future of Food, the kickoff event in the Future of Nature lecture series that The Nature Conservancy will co-sponsor with WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, this spring.

The Future of Food
Monday, April 22, 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Artists for Humanity EpiCenter, 100 West 2nd Street, South Boston, MA.

  • Michael Leviton, chef, Lumière and Area Four, Chefs Collaborative
  • Oran Hesterman, founder, Fair Food Network
  • Paul Greenberg, author of “Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
  • David Cleary, strategy director, agriculture, The Nature Conservancy
  • Moderator: Sacha Pfeiffer, host, All Things Considered, WBUR

Each night will feature national and global thought leaders discussing the most critical conservation challenges of our time – food, energy and water sustainability – as well as a pre-event reception with refreshments, good conversation, activities, and information from community groups that are working on these important issues.

“We all will have a part to play in ensuring that nature can continue to meet the needs of the people and species what rely on it,” said Wayne Klockner, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts.

By 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to exceed 9 billion. Our climate is changing, and the United Nations estimates that we’ll have to double current crop production to meet global needs. Wild ocean fisheries can’t meet growing demand, and aquaculture offers a complex mix of risks and benefits. Meanwhile, here in the United States, thousands of people lack access to the healthy, local foods sold at farmer’s markets. The Future of Food panelists bring a range of perspectives to spark a community discussion about solutions to improve our food system and inspire Bostonians to take action.

Tickets are $25 per event or $40 for a pass to the remaining two events, and can be purchased online at

Sponsors and Community Partners:
Artists for Humanity
Unique Boston Events
Eliot Hotel
Chefs Collaborative
Progressive Asset Management, Wellesley, MA
New England Organic Farming Association
Gardens for Health
Fair Food Network
The Fireplace, Brookline, MA
Equal Exchange, W. Bridgewater, MA
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
New England Naturals, Greenfield, MA
Green Line Paper
Boston Green Drinks
New Entry Sustainable Farming Project
Project Bread
New England Aquarium

The Future of Nature series will continue through the spring with the following events:

The Future of Energy
Monday, May 13, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
BSA Space, Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA.

The Future of Water
Monday, June 10, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Virginia Wimberly Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA.

You can also join the conversation by tweeting your hopes and concerns, using the hashtag #futureofnature. What does the future of nature look like? Follow what your neighbors have to say at @Nature_NE.

NOTE: Please contact The Nature Conservancy regarding speaker media availability prior to each event. Speaker biographies and headshots are available at

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

Contact information

Misty Edgecomb
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
617-532-8317 (desk), 484-343-3223 (cell)

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