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SAVE THE DATE: September 7th (10:00 am ET): Climate Change & Food Safety Ramifications

30 Aug 2023 11:10 AM | Randa Lopez Morgan (Administrator)

The USDA National Agricultural Library’s Agricultural Law Information Partnership is hosting a virtual event on Thursday, September 7th, from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (EDT) where we will look the affect climate change is having on food safety concerns. During the first hour, we will hear from guest speakers Dr. Jodi Williams, National Program Leader, Food Safety, National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Dr. Sheila Fleischhacker, National Science Liaison, National Institute of Food and Agriculture. They will discuss how climate change is impacting food safety in both direct and indirect ways; drought and extreme temperatures can limit safe water for irrigation while creating favorable growth conditions for pathogens, leading to increases in foodborne illness. Flash floods can generate chemical contaminant runoff into natural water systems, resulting in long-term effects to food systems and safety.

Beginning at 11:30 am, Jamie Flood will offer a brief  Wikipedia editing training session and editing time will focus on food safety, climate change, and the impacts of climate change.

Please register on Eventbrite where a full schedule and speaker bios can be found. The confirmation email will include the Zoom link and password to access the event. Full-event attendance is not required. For more information about the event, and to see what we will be editing, please visit the Wikipedia page. Please feel free to accept the calendar event attached to the email (it includes the Zoom link) if preferred.

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