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Third Annual Environmental Symposium

11/2/2012 -

Rashid Nuri, founder of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture, will be a keynote speaker during the symposium.

They say that living well is the best revenge.  However, if you ask Rashid Nuri, he will more than likely tell you that truly living well results from knowing exactly where the food you put in your mouth comes from.  Nuri, a Harvard-trained scientist and former Clinton appointee, is a keynote speaker for the upcoming Environmental Law and Justice Symposium scheduled for November 1-3 at Florida A&M University (FAMU).  The event, now celebrating its third year, brings together current and future leaders from environmental, agricultural, public policy and community development arenas from around the world.  The theme this year is Climate Change and Global Food Security.

"So few people know who grows their food, where it comes from, or the quality of it,” said Nuri who has more than 40 years of experience building organic agricultural businesses in more than 30 countries all over the world.  He said he looks forward to participating in the symposium and plans to speak about urban agriculture and the enterprises he has developed as models for sustainable food systems. 

Nuri will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon on Thursday, the opening day of the symposium.

Symposium planners recognize Rashid Nuri as an important thought leader when it comes to food security, a major theme for this year’s symposium. 

“There are multiple reasons to be more concerned than ever about food security,” said Randall Abate, an associate professor of law in the FAMU College of Law and director of the Center for International Law and Justice.  “Our efforts to enhance our food supply pose potential threats to our health and cause problems of overproduction and food waste.” 

Abate, who has served as co-chair of the symposium planning committee since 2010, says more local and organic farming is needed as we reduce our dependence on factory farms and excessive food imports from overseas.

Nuri will have much to say about organic farming since he is the founder of the Truly Living Well Center for Natural Urban Agriculture; an organization that works to engage the community in developing local food systems through education and food production.  Launched in 2006, the Truly Living Well Center is a non-profit community-supported agricultural project that grows food in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area. The Center provides vegetables, fruits, and herbs that are grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other substances that have been proven harmful.
Nuri believes that quality local food production develops healthier minds, bodies and communities.  “In order to call yourself a country, community, or family, you must be able to produce your own food,” he said.  Perhaps this is, indeed, the secret to truly living well.

The three-day symposium features 40 current and future leaders from environmental, agricultural, public policy and community development arenas from around the world presenting and conducting four keynote addresses; two lectures; seven panel discussions and a student poster competition on issues relative to climate change and global food security.

For all non-food events associated with the symposium, registration is required and is free of charge for the general public and FAMU students, faculty and staff.   Registration with meals is $40 for the general public and $90 for general attendees seeking CLE credits; $75 for FAMU alumni and members of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section (ELULS) of the Florida Bar seeking CLE credits; $20 for non-FAMU students.

For a complete schedule of the third annual symposium activities and to register please visit the website at www.law.famu.edu.

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