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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 to examine how climate change is already reshaping food systems here in Colorado and around the world. 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.

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Episode 1: The Global Food Landscape

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.

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)
Kerri Wright Platais, Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Director, International Agriculture, Colorado State University Spur Campus

Episode 2: Changing Climate, Changing Livelihoods

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
Cullen Hendrix, Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Episode 3: Colorado's Food Landscape

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
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.

Bonus: George Sparks Reviews 'Kiss the Ground'

The Everything on the Table series included a screening of the documentary 'Kiss the Ground,' directed by Josh and Rebecca Tickell. The film explores regenerative agriculture as a potential solution to restore our soil and heal the climate. George Sparks, President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and Nicole Delaney, Business Support for the Institute for Science & Policy, chatted about the themes of the film and how it might inform durable policy going forward. Learn more about Kiss the Ground and find ways to watch at

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