A Union of Concerned Scientists director to speak at URI Dec. 13

Last lecture in University’s Honors Colloquium on food systems

KINGSTON, R.I. – Nov. 22, 2022 – Closing out this year’s Honors Colloquium on Tuesday, Dec. 13 is Ricardo Salvador, a senior scientist and director at the Union of Concerned Scientists, who will speak on “The 21st Century Food System We Deserve.”

Salvador is director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union and has more than 40 years of experience working with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system to grow healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices. His talk is co-sponsored by the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.

Salvador will speak at 7 p.m. at Edwards Hall on the Kingston Campus and online. This is the last presentation of the fall Honors Colloquium, “Just Good Food,” which will be presented in person and streamed live (video links available on the day of each event, at the link above).

Prior to his work at UCS, Salvador was a program officer with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, where he was responsible for managing programs that addressed the connections among food and health, environment, economic development, sovereignty, and social justice. He also was an associate professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, where he taught the first course in sustainable agriculture at a land-grant university.

The URI Honors Colloquium is the University’s premier lecture series. Hosted by the University’s Honors Program, this annual university-wide educational forum is free and open to the public. This year’s lecture series has brought several experts to URI to examine local and global food systems, examining ways to create equitable, sustainable and resilient food systems. Learn more about the fall colloquium.