2:30 pm - 4:00 pm | Independence A | Bee Marks Communications Symposium - Nutrition Diplomacy:?Promoting Health and Peace, One Plate at a Time

Bee Marks Communications Symposium - Nutrition Diplomacy: Promoting Health and Peace, One Plate at a Time

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. | Sunday, 7/23 | Independence A

Speakers: Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RDN, FAND, CFCS, Duyff Associates; Johanna Mendelson Forman, PhD, JD, American University

Food has been called "the oldest diplomatic tool."  Culinary diplomacy, partnered with nutrition diplomacy, is a unique type of communication.  As nutrition diplomats, our work can extend beyond helping to fill stomachs with nourishment; nutrition diplomacy can also improve interactions and cooperation among people, communities, and governments.  In the midst of the political chaos often surrounding food and health, nutrition communications can be leveraged, using local, national, and international diplomacy to establish common ground. “Coming together around the table” can help to humanize relationships, resolve conflict, and serve as an educational medium to help people realize their own humanity, while promoting food security and public health.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the “soft power” of food in social interaction that can help resolve conflict and bridge cultural understanding.
  2. Explore food and nutrition communications as a diplomatic tool for addressing food insecurity and resolving issues of conflict.
  3. Leverage shared food experiences and nutrition communication, to promote public health and to serve as a force for good at home and abroad.

Session sponsored by the SNEB Foundation.