​​Everything on the Table: Reimagining Global-to-Local Food Systems

Presented by the Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Environmental Sustainability Initiative at the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the Colorado State University System’s new Spur Campus and International Agriculture Program

Climate change and global food systems are deeply intertwined. Land use, soil health, and water management, and energy production associated with agriculture account for more than 30% of annual global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, the impacts of climate change — higher temperatures, drought, rising sea levels, ocean acidification, and extreme weather — are posing challenges to our food supply and the livelihoods of millions. Climate change is here, and it is already impacting how, where, and by whom our food is cultivated.

We invite you to join us for a new series taking a global-to-local look at how climate change is shaping the global food system and reshaping Colorado’s role therein. We’ll hear from policymakers, scientists, researchers, and producers with diverse perspectives on how we can reshape our food systems to be more sustainable and equitable, while meeting the challenge of feeding an expanding population.

Documentary Film Screening: Kiss the Ground
Tuesday, September 21 at 7 p.m. MT
Denver Museum of Nature & Science IMAX Theater

What if the secret to mitigating climate change is right underneath our feet? Regenerative agriculture, the “new old” practice of cultivating healthier soil, holds tremendous potential for bolstering our global food and water supplies — and every citizen can play a part. Narrated by actor and environmentalist Woody Harrelson, the acclaimed documentary Kiss the Ground “inspires a rare feeling of hope,” according to the New York Times.

To kick off our series, please join us on Tuesday, September 21 at 7pm in the IMAX Theater at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for a free public screening of this hopeful and ultimately catalyzing film. After the showing, we’ll be joined by a panel of special guests to discuss key takeaways and answer audience questions:

Kate Greenberg, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Colorado

Gene Kelly, Professor of Pedology, Deputy Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station at Colorado State University (CSU)

Roy Pfaltzgraff, Owner, Pfaltzgraff Farms

Helen Silver, Principal of Silver Sustainable Strategies, LLC


The Global Food System
Tuesday, October 5, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MT
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The global food system accounts for approximately 10% of the global economy and supports the livelihoods of over 1 billion people. It also faces massive challenges in meeting the world’s needs in ways that are both equitable and sustainable while maintaining productivity under a changing climate. Those challenges have never been more stark.


  • Amaka Anku, Africa Practice Head, Eurasia Group
  • Moffatt Ngugi, Supervisory Agriculture Development Officer, USAID
  • Claudia Ringler, Deputy Division Director, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Moderated by Kerri Wright Platais, Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Director, International Agriculture, Colorado State University Spur Campus


Changing Climate, Changing Livelihoods
Tuesday, October 26, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MT
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Climate change-driven migration is already here, and it will have particularly disruptive impacts on Central America, a region with a significant agricultural workforce. We’ll discuss how climate change will continue to impact farming livelihoods, the underlying forces of migration, and how these trends might ultimately impact Colorado communities.


  • Rebecca Galemba, Co-Director, University of Denver Center for Immigration and Policy Research
  • Valerie Mueller, Associate Professor and Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Arizona State University
  • Atim Otii, Director, Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs, City of Denver
  • Moderated by Cullen Hendrix, Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver


Colorado’s Food Landscape
Tuesday, November 16, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. MT
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In our final episode, we’ll zoom in to look at food production in our own backyard. How are Colorado farmers and ranchers adapting to our changing climate? What impacts are they seeing, and what steps are they taking to safeguard the future of their products? We’ll talk to local agricultural producers and organizations about the innovative ideas and solutions they have implemented and how these innovations could be translated globally.


Matt Chandra, co-owner, Tocabe Restaurant
Julie and John Ott, James Ranch, Durango, CO
Nicole Rosmarino, Executive Director, Southern Plains Preserve
Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist/Scholar, Colorado State University
• Moderated by Eugene Kelly, Professor of Pedology, Deputy Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station and is Associate Director for Research in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University.


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The Institute for Science & Policy is committed to publishing diverse perspectives in order to advance civil discourse and productive dialogue. Views expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, or its affiliates.