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Harvard Initiative ‘Food 4 Thought’ Gathers Students in 3 Day Event to Address Meat Consumption

Harvard University will be the epicenter of a global student gathering aimed at reshaping the world’s food system to be more sustainable, equitable, and healthy.

Scheduled from April 12th to 14th 2024, the inaugural three-day event, titled Food 4 Thought, is organized by students with a mission to address the pressing challenges posed by the current food consumption patterns, particularly the escalating consumption of meat.

Motivated by the urgent need to ease the growing pressure on nature and public health caused by increasing meat consumption, Food 4 Thought aims to bring together the most talented individuals from various fields to imagine a food system for the future that is both compassionate and environmentally friendly.

Strategies for transformative action

Navin Durbhakula, a Harvard student and the founder of Food 4 Thought, remarked, “Food 4 Thought is challenging the norms of how we think about food. We want to highlight and uplift strategies that move towards a sustainable, equitable, and cruelty-free food system. As students, we are uniquely positioned to play a transformative role in this future.”

Supported by ProVeg International, an organization dedicated to promoting plant-based diets, Food 4 Thought aims to equip students with the knowledge, resources, and opportunities necessary to catalyze meaningful change in the food landscape. 

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Empowering student leadership

“Students have a unique role to play in driving the transition to a more sustainable food system,” Durbhakula noted. “By empowering them with the tools and support they need, we can harness their potential to mitigate and ultimately reverse the damage inflicted by our current food practices.”

The event will provide students with a platform to pitch ideas for food system innovation, ranging from research initiatives to entrepreneurial ventures. Participants will also gain access to a network of mentors and organizations spanning various career paths related to food system transformation.

“Students play a vital role in the future of the food system”

Panel discussions at Food 4 Thought will cover a wide array of topics, including food law and policy, entrepreneurship in the food industry, the emergence of cultivated meat, and the adoption of plant-based menus in university cafeterias.

“Students play a vital role in the future of the food system, and Food 4 Thought will give them the headstart they need to steer their careers towards affecting real change,” stated Jasmijn de Boo, global CEO of ProVeg International.

“ProVeg is very happy to support this event, which we hope will have the knock-on effect of spawning initiatives by university students across the world that promote the shift to plant-based and cultivated foods.”

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