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Transforming the Way We Eat: One Chicken at a Time

Main Street Project’s Chief Strategy Officer, Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, will be delivering the keynote address at Inver Hills Community College’s Annual Research Conference, “Choosing Our Tomorrow: Global Issues of Peace, Equity, and Sustainability.” The conference will be held April 20–21 in the Fine Arts Building on the main campus of Inver Hills Community College.

The event, organized by the College’s Research Across Disciplines (RAD) committee, is designed to encourage and highlight creative and scholarly work on campus and includes posters and oral presentations throughout each day. In 2015, over 750 people participated and 2016 is expected to improve on that.

“The relevance of these issues – peace, equity and sustainability – throughout the global food and agriculture system cannot be overstated,” says Haslett-Marroquin. “What excites me about participating in this event is Inver Hills Community College’s commitment to addressing these issues by partnering with other community organizations to promote healthful foods.”

In addition to the Annual Research Conference, each summer Inver Hills biology faculty and students are involved in an event called Summer Academy for Environmental, Food & Agricultural Sciences that brings in high school juniors and seniors for workshops on these topics. The school also partners with Metropolitan State to run its Community Garden and Orchard, where all produce is donated to food shelves and nonprofit organizations.

As Chief Strategy Officer for Main Street Project, Haslett-Marroquin oversees day-to-day operations on food systems development with the large-scale goals of creating and anchoring a regenerative global food system. In his keynote address, he will introduce the community to Main Street Project’s Poultry-Centered Regenerative Agriculture System.

“I will expose the intricacies of the science behind our design, but also the practicality of the system’s application and its potential for solving some of the most pressing current social, economic and ecological issues facing our food and agriculture systems,” says Haslett-Marroquin. “Even though both meat and egg laying chickens are at the center of our work, the chicken is only a starting point of a system designed to unleash a transformation in the way we produce food.”

To learn more about the conference, visit: https://voices.inverhills.edu/inverconf/.