Join us for a two-day retreat into the world of seeds! Our virtual gathering on March 1-2, 2024, will feature discussions, presentations and opportunities to connect with others about soil, human and planetary health.
The theme of the 2024 Slow Seed Summit is Ground yourself: Seeds and systems change for soil, human and planetary health. Keynote presenter Rupa Marya, author of Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, will set the stage and illuminate the connection of our food system to our inflamed soils, bodies and planet. Slow Food USA’s 2024 Plant a Seed crops of roots and grains will help us examine seeds and systems in five interactive sessions.
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Enjoy five panel discussions, a film screenings and a full archive of the Slow Seed Summit you can access after the event.
Friday, March 1
12 p.m. ET: Welcome to the 2024 Seed Summit
Slow Food USA Executive Director Anna Mulè
12:15 p.m. ET: Slow Seed Declaration: Where we stand on seeds
Featuring Melissa de Billot and Jeff Quattrone
12:30 p.m. ET: Keynote address: Seeding the Radical Imagination for Whole Systems Health
2:30 p.m. ET: Wheat: From heirloom to commodity to gut
Featuring Heather Darby, Elaine Ingham and Amber Lambke
Grains have been commercially dominated by wheat, but so many other grain crops are available and provide an important alternative to gluten. Modern wheat varieties have been genetically modified to be glyphosate resistant, leading populations and soil to become ill with inflammation, and researchers are finding that gluten intolerance is linked to glyphosate exposure. Let’s talk about wheats and grains that you can plant – their link to our soil health, human health and planetary health.
Saturday, March 2
12 p.m. ET: Sugar: Soil, bodies and land on the line
Featuring Chris Keeve, Denisa Livingston and Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Moderated by Danielle Nierenberg
Did you know that 55% of domestically produced granulated sugar comes from sugar beets? 45% comes from sugarcane. We’ll dive into how that came to be, meet sugar growers, seed savers and learn about the connection between fiber and sugar and the implications for our soils, our health, our planet.
2 p.m. ET: Corn: The future is our heritage
Featuring Lorraine Kahneratokwas Gray, Angel Jimerson, Gustavo Romero Veytia
and Dave Smoke-McCluskey
Moderated by Bilal Sarwari
Corn is the iconic crop of the United States, but getting knee high by the fourth of July means that you need fast-growing hybridized crops to meet consumer demand. Much of our corn crop has moved into ethanol production for fuel, high fructose corn syrup and alcohol. Corn is native to North America and activists and seed growers are uplifting heirloom corn varieties to reconnect eaters with this important food relative. Learn the impact that making corn a commodity has had on our soils, our health and our planet.
4 p.m. ET: Screening: Common Ground
Followed by Q-and-A with Lyla June Johnston, artist and scholar featured in the film
MEET OUR PRESENTERS AND MODERATORS
Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, artist and writer who is an Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and executive director of the Deep Medicine Circle, an organization committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, learning and restoration.
In 2021, she published her first book with political ecologist, food system activist and policy professor Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. This book advances a new level of diagnosis that incorporates history and lines of power into our understanding of the root causes of health disparities and the rise of inflammatory disease in industrialized places, offering compelling treatment options for what is ailing people and the planet.
Rupa was a speaker at the 2022 Terra Madre Salone del Gusto and joins the Slow Seed Summit as keynote speaker.
Melissa de Billot
Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web Approach has been used to successfully restore the ecological functions of soils on more than five million acres of farmland all over the world. The courses offered by Dr. Elaine’s™ Soil Food Web School have been designed for people with, or without, a science background — making them accessible to individuals who wish to learn and to begin a meaningful and impactful career in an area that will help to secure the survival of humans and other species.
Lyla June Johnston
Noa Kekuewa Lincoln
Danielle has an M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and spent two years volunteering for the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. Danielle is the recipient of the 2020 Julia Child Award.
Dave Smoke McCluskey
Gustavo Romero Veytia
Bilal Sarwari is the proud first-generation child of Afghan refugees and is equally proud to claim Atlanta, Georgia as birthplace (Piedmont Hospital for the record). He is a graduate of Oxford College in Oxford, Georgia and Emory University. Bilal strives to center joy and justice in his professional, personal, and volunteer work. He is a group facilitator and equity, justice, and inclusion consultant that works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on farmer mental health projects along the East Coast. He is also hired by companies and nonprofits seeking to meaningfully develop (and implement) their strategic plans and improve workplace communication. Bilal worked for years as a farmer at White Oak Pastures in Bluffton, GA and currently serves a few clients in the area as a Garden Maintenance Specialist for Garden*Hood in Grant Park. Since 2008, he has been an active member of Slow Food. Bilal was recently appointed as the United States representative for the Slow Food International Council and has just returned from a month overseas working on the organization’s strategic plan. This new role is balanced with his position on the Slow Food USA Board of Directors where he serves as Governance Chair. Bilal believes that change on the global level happens locally and is thrilled when he has the opportunity to talk food and farms in the Atlanta area.