Discovery at Ohio State: New Thought for Food - July 18, 2017
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Preserving diversity in the food system

Preserving Diversity in the Food System Brian Snyder, Executive Director of InFACT, has been involved in responding to new regulations promulgated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that promise to bring government regulators onto fruit and vegetable farms for the first time. With partners who are part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), Snyder is helping to craft appropriate exemptions, particularly for farmers who are direct marketing, defining what a “farm” is, and in general making sure the new rules are appropriate relative to the size of operations being regulated.

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Are critical thinking strategies a missing piece of the puzzle in working with low-income populations?

Are critical thinking strategies a missing piece of the puzzle in working with low-income populations? Ingrid Adams, who recently joined Ohio State as a new faculty hire through InFACT and serves as an associate professor in the College of Medicine and State Extension Specialist in Food, Health and Human Behavior in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, writes about her research on developing critical thinking skills in low-income families who experience considerable health disparities and who are at increased risk for food insecurity, chronic diseases, morbidity, inadequate quality of care, and mortality.

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From the Amazon to Ohio

In a Q&A in the Summer 2017 edition of the magazine edible Columbus, Nick Kawa, a new faculty hire through InFACT and assistant professor in OSU's Department of Anthropology, talks about his recent research on biosolids in agriculture. Kawa's research interests center on human-environmental interaction, with specific focus on human relationships to plants and soils.

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In-FACT of the Month

Erin Lin (sixth from left in photo), who recently joined Ohio State as a new faculty hire through InFACT and is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Global Food Politics in the Department of Political Science, successfully defended her dissertation in May 2017 and earned her PhD in Politics from Princeton University. Congrats, Erin!

Upcoming Events


July 17-21
OSU EHE Research Methodology Center Interdisciplinary Methods Festival
July 19
Methodist Theological School in Ohio: An Evening on the Farm
July 22
Paige's Produce: Farm to Fork Orchard and Farm Tour
July 22
Appalachia Ohio Alliance: Prairie and Butterfly Walk
July 22 - September 2
2017 Columbus Urban Farm Tour Series
July 27-30
Rural Sociology Society 2017 Annual Meeting
August 15
OSU EPN Breakfast Series: Conservation on Farms - Tackling Issues, Seizing Opportunities
September 11-13
Closing the Hunger Gap 2017: From Charity to Solidarity
September 12
OSU EPN Breakfast Series: Agriculture and Water Quality Issues
September 13
OSU Discovery Themes and The STEAM Factory: Research, Short and Sweet
September 13
Food Tank 2017 Summit
September 15
OSU Food Waste Collaborative: Food Waste Conference
September 16
Farm Aid 2017
September 29 - October 1
Slow Food International Congress
October 26-27
Seventh International Conference on Food Studies

Funding Opportunities


USDA NIFA - Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Water for Food Production Systems Challenge Area - Applications due Aug 2
American Association for the Advancement of Science: Science & Technology Policy Fellowships - Applications due Nov 1
FFAR - Rapid Outcomes from Agricultural Research (ROAR) Grants - Only members of ROAR may apply, applications accepted on a rolling basis
FFAR - Ideas and Input Request for Research in Seven Challenge Areas (Food Waste and Loss; Protein Challenge; Water Scarcity; Innovation Pathway to Sustainability; Healthy Soils; Thriving Farms; Urban Food Systems; Making My Plate Your Plate)
AFRI Foundational Program Opportunities
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