2013 Lecture Series: Ariana Bain - Symbioculture, Healing the Food System
Growing and eating food is a metabolic driver for economies, societies, and bodies. How we get food and what we eat is also one of the places where individuals have the greatest power to impact the world. Symbioculture is a polyculture design approach that seeks to use systems thinking and industrial ecology to rethink the role of agriculture in the food system. It creates and facilitates symbiotic relationships: within the agroecological system as well as at each step in the value chain. This lecture will use this design lens to explore the challenge of how to provide ecologically regenerative and socially just food for everyone.
Ariana Bain is an industrial and urban ecologist and the Co-Founder of Metabolic Consulting. Her recent projects include planning an urban food production system for the City of Lowell, facilitating systems thinking retreats for the Environmental Leadership Program, and ongoing comprehensive sustainability programs with Unicorr Packaging Group and Miya's Sushi. She is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program and holds a Master's of Environmental Science in Industrial Ecology from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Government from Wesleyan University. She also recently joined the board of the US Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.