Podcasts, Webinars, Workshops

These are all generally online sources of information. We try to indicate if there is a cost and try to keep updating the information as it changes. Please let us know if any link isn’t working, or if you have something to add.

  • Webinars and Podcasts are short (generally less than 1 hour) video and audio recordings related to sustainable food systems (SFS).
  • Workshops vary in length but are general a few hours to a few days (visit the Courses page for longer events).
Feedback? Questions? Ideas? Contact the ICDA SFS Coordinator:  ICDAsfs.coordinator@acadiau.ca

Coming up | Podcasts | Webinars | Workshops

Coming up

The path to climate-smart, net-zero health care: A grand rounds series
with Health Care Without Harm

Session 5: Plant-forward diets in health care: A prescription for patients and the planet. Dec 1, 2022 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada) Moderated by Health Care Without Harm’s Chief Program Officer and former director of the Healthy Food in Health Care program, this session features two physicians and the head of the Cool Food Pledge at the World Resources Institute. Experts will discuss how shifting to a plant-forward diet benefits patients and the planet, and can help decrease health care emissions, as well as how you can take action in your health care facility. The Cool Food Pledge helps dining facilities, including hospitals, cut their food-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by shifting towards a more plant-rich diet with a goal of reducing food-related emissions by 25% by 2030.

Reducing meat and increasing plants in the diet can be beneficial for preventing and treating diet-related diseases, and help reduce associated health care utilization and costs. Plant-forward eating also benefits the environment, as plant-based foods require less water and land to produce and have a significantly lower climate footprint than animal-based foods. Shifting towards more plant-forward foods is not only a way to reduce the risk of disease, but also a proven way for health care organizations to reduce Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, The Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization recommends serving healthy, sustainable food and establishing disease prevention and climate prevention as strategies to help reduce health care emissions. Recognizing the health and environmental benefits of plant-forward eating, hospitals around the world are responding by reducing meat and increasing plant-forward menu options.


with Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa

“𝗠𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗣𝗼𝗹𝗶𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝘆𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗺𝘀” 𝐷𝑎𝑡𝑒𝑠: 28𝑡ℎ – 30𝑡ℎ 𝑁𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑚𝑏𝑒𝑟 2022 𝑉𝑒𝑛𝑢𝑒: 𝑌𝑎𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒́, 𝐶𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑛. In commemoration of the African Union’s Year of Nutrition 2022, AFSA will rally its members, African citizens, and governments to advance an African perspective on nutrition and food systems. The 4th biennial food systems conference will highlight novel approaches to learning about and celebrating African food cultures, foods, diets, and cuisines with the goal of mobilising African citizens and governments to demand changes in food policy and take action toward creating food systems that are healthy, nutritious, and accessible to all. The event will also serve as the official launch of the pan-African campaign “My Food Is African.” Join the social media campaign by using the hashtag #MyFoodIsAfrican.

Free - #MyFoodIsAfrican social media campaign

Abstracts due Dec 9 for Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy Week (2023 Jun 19-30)
with Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy

#ANH2023 will be co-hosted in partnership with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) from 19 to 30 June 2023, online and in Lilongwe, Malawi. Submit your Abstract before Dec 8, read more about the conference here. Speakers and participants will have the choice of joining in a number of ways.

2023 Jun 19-22: Learning Labs (online only)

2023 Jun 26: Learning Labs (In-person only in Lilongwe)

2023 Jun 27-30: Research Conference (in-person in Lilongwe and online)


Webinar: Identifying Innovations to Reduce Food Loss and Waste, Enhance Food Safety and Promote Access to Nutrient Dense Foods Across the Food System (2022 Nov 30)
with Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

The Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab (FSN-IL) is a consortium led by Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, funded under USAID through the Feed the Future Initiative. In target geographies of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, the Lab’s goal is to identify and promote uptake of novel technologies, practices or information flows that help in i) reducing food loss and waste, ii) improve food safety, and iii) enhance access to nutrient-dense (often perishable) foods. 

FSN-IL’s consortium of U.S. academic partners, global development institutions, and food value chain and business collaborators work across three core integrated activities—research for development (R4D), human and institutional capacity development (HICD), and stakeholder engagement. The goal is to support the uptake of food system innovations for improved diet quality and nutrition in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central America. FSN-IL’s key research areas include food safety and storage innovations, diet quality of women and girls, drivers of consumption choice by low-income consumers, understanding risks associated with climate change and the need for resilience. 

In this webinar, we will share findings of a series of scoping exercises conducted by FSN-IL and its consortium of partners in Year 1. We will discuss the process and highlight key points that are emerging. Moving forward, we will discuss how FSN-IL plans to use these prioritization finds to further build on its activities. Attendees will be invited to submit questions during the webinar, which will be answered live during our Q&A segment.

Nov 30, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada). Free. Register here.

Free, Eastern Time (US & Canada)

International Congress of Nutrition (ICN22) The Power of Nutrition: For the Smiles of 10 Billion People (2022 Dec 6-11)
with International Union of Nutritional Sciences (IUNS)

Every four years, since 1946, the IUNS organises the International Union of Nutritional Sciences International Congress of Nutrition (IUNS-ICN) in a venue selected by the General Assembly following presentations by 3-4 bidding countries. The 22nd IUNS-ICN is taking place as an in-person congress in Tokyo, Japan from December 6th-11th, 2022. Will you be there to emphasise sustainability in the sessions?

Most programs (invited lectures, symposia, oral sessions…) will be held in-person at the conference venue. Only poster presentation format has been changed to using a virtual event platform. No poster will be displayed at the onsite venue. But “Poster Presenters’ Meeting Point” called as the free discussion areas will be provided in congress venue for the all poster presenters. We recommend that all participants and presenters will attend the conference in-person, but will provide the live streaming in some (but not all) session rooms to those who cannot attend onsite for unavoidable reasons.

The aim of each IUNS-ICN is to promote the exchange of knowledge in Nutritional Sciences. The scientific programme is comprised of plenary lectures, keynote lectures, parallel symposia, sponsored symposia, and satellite symposia. The Congresses are attended by 3-4000 participants from all over the world. Recent locations include Buenos Aires, Argentina; Granada, Spain; and Bangkok, Thailand, to name just a few. Click through to sign up to the newsletter or follow progress on: Facebook or Twitter.

see the registration fees on the website

📣 Call for Interest: Global 🌍 Networking Event on #SustainableFoodSystems in #Nutrition & #Dietetics Education (2023 Jun)
with UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science

📆 Save the Date & 📣 Call for Interest for a Global Networking Event on SFS in Nutrition & Dietetics Education at University College Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪 from 7–8th June 2023. In-person attendance with selected virtual learning sessions. Event registration will be released shortly & circulated widely. If you are interested in participating/attending, please contact us here 💻 👉https://lnkd.in/gQ2ZNEte.

The #ICDAsfsToolkit will be there as part of the collaboration 🫱🏼‍🫲🏾 on this event along with: Global Engagement Seed Fund at UCD, Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, International Confederation for the Associations of Dietitians SFS Initiative, European Federation for the Associations of Dietitians, NeverEndingFood Permaculture, Airfield Estate Dublin.

Additional information about the event is here 👉https://www.ucd.ie/phpss/newsandevents/SustainableFoodSystemsInNutritionAndDieteticsEducation/ 

registration fee to be communicated. Save the date!


with Real Food Media

Foodtopia showcases the stories of workers, farmers, healers, ecologists, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color), womxn, and community organizers who are growing food & cultivating utopia.  

Real Food Media believes each one of us has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories strengthens our communities and our movements. The podcasts are free and available on many different podcast services. Real Food Media offers you the inspiration you need to build your own food activist toolkit.

free and available on many different podcast services

Real Food Reads
with Real Food Media

Real Food Reads is a long-standing book club and podcast, interviews the authors of today’s most important books at the intersection of food, politics, and culture.

Real Food Media believes each one of us has a story to tell, and that sharing our stories strengthens our communities and our movements. The podcasts are free and available on many different podcast services. Real Food Media offers you the inspiration you need to build your own food activist toolkit.

free recorded to listen to anytime

Behind the Bio: From Dietitians of Canada (2020 last episode)
with Cristina Cicco

This podcast ran from 2017-2020 and are still accessible and valuable. Host Cristina Cicco discusses the real-life experiences of dietitians including some on Sustainable Food Systems including: Sifting through Sustainability with Liesel Carlsson; Integrating Indigenous knowledge into practice with Kelly Gordon, RD, who is part of the Nourish Leadership: The future of food in health care community of practice to transition towards health care systems that are more preventative, equitable and sustainable; and Behind the scenes of Behind the Bio with host Cristina Cicco who share favourite moments from seasons 1 & 2 and what it’s like to be a podcast host.


Food Sleuth
with Melinda Carr Hemmelgarn, M,S., R.D.

Food Sleuth Dietitian Melinda Hemmelgarn helps listeners “think beyond their plates,” to connect the dots between food, health and agriculture, and find food truth. She encourages critical thinking for food system literacy. Food Sleuth Radio interviews leading experts on food, health, and agriculture and airs on KOPN every Thursday.You can also follow her blog that includes speaking engagements and articles: http://food-sleuth.blogspot.com


Voices: Stories about Practice in Sustainable Nutrition
with Roxane Wagner, host

In this podcast we share stories of nutrition and dietetic role models from around the world who are trailblazers working to deepen connections between people and food systems and educate tomorrow’s dietitians for the realities they will face. We hope to inspire ideas, spark discussion forum conversations and action, and consider new ways to address existing challenges. Though the effort is supported by ICDA, the views expressed in the podcasts are not necessarily shared by ICDA. You can listen on many platforms: Anchor FMGoogle PodcastsPocket CastsRadio PublicBreaker Blog (need to sign up to access)Spotify


Sustainable Stories Podcast
with SAGE Sustainable Solutions Consulting

The Sustainable Stories podcast was launched in early 2021as an effort to share stories around people who are making the world more “sustainable, equitable and healthy place to live”.  Join Jenna Englot (Master of Environment and Sustainability), and Roxane Wagner (Registered Dietitian, Canada) every Tuesday for a new episode of the Sustainable Stories Podcast brought to you by Sage Sustainable Solutions Consulting! Available on SpotifyApple Podcast or online.


Feed: A Food Systems Podcast
with Table

Feed is a podcast series created by Table in collaboration with University of Oxford, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), and Wageningen University. Hosts Matthew Kessler and Samara Brock aim to fill the gap of the future of food by “exploring the evidence, worldviews, and values that people bring to global food system debates”. This series will also feature individuals who are passionate about the food system right now and into the future. Episode one: “Ken Giller on the Food Security Conundrum” is now live. New episodes will be posted every Thursday. Available on: Spotify, Apple podcast, Google Podcast, etc.



One Planet Network Sustainable Food System Programme (many Webinars)
with One Planet Network

See the latest webinars from the One Planet network Sustainable Food Systems Programme. You can register for upcoming webinars, or view the recordings from previous ones. A search on ‘nutrition’ brings up 5 results and for ‘food’ brings up 46 results with Sustainable Seafood in an African Context as one of the many options. If you watch something you’d like to discuss more – post it to our ICDA SFS Toolkit discussion fora!

free - many archived that are relevant to dietitians and nutritionists

Truth, Reconciliation & Food (2017)
with Fiona Devereaux and colleagues

In this Dietitians of Canada Learning On Demand webinar, Canadian dietitians Fiona DevereauKelly GordonRhona Hanning, and Dr. Sandra Juutilainen discuss working with Indigenous populations in ways that are meaningful. Listeners will learn about food-related experiences and perceptions of those who attended Indian residential schools in Canada, community-level research and programs in First Nations, and inspire you by the strength and resilience of First Nations community members who champion local food projects.

Paid open access. Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

Can Healthy Diets Be Sustainable Diets? An Emerging Role for Dietitians (2017)
with Barbara Seed & Fiona Yeudall

In this Dietitians of Canada Learning On Demand webinar, Dr. Barb Seed & Dr. Fiona Yeudall, Canadian dietitians, focus on the unique role of dietitians in healthy and sustainable diets. Our speakers explore why this shift is needed, how sustainable foods and diets are measured, current recommendations and dietary guidelines, and specific actions to integrate ecologically sustainable diet principles into your workplace policy and practice.

Paid open access. Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

The Future of our Food Systems: Sustainable Diets for All (2017)
with Evan Fraser

In this Dietitians of Canada Learning On Demand webinar, The Future of our Food Systems: Sustainable Diets for All, Dr. Evan Fraser, describes the challenges of the current food system, and explains how both behaviour change and new technologies can help support more sustainable solutions. This lecture was sponsored by Unilever and has a fee to watch the workshop (Paid open access). Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

Paid open access. Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

Benefits of Plant-Based Foods in Institutional Food Service (2017)
with Pamela Fergusson

In this Dietitians of Canada Learning On Demand webinar, Canadian dietitian, Dr. Pamela Fergusson, critically appraises the evidence of the benefits of plant-based diets to health and the environment, and discusses the opportunities to improve population health, the environment and institutional budgets through offering plant-based meals in institutional food.

Paid open access. Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

Promoting Food Security in Higher Education: A Conference Series

This Conference series will explore “links between campus and community-based efforts to change local food environments and build community-wide food security”. This series contains 12 different session with a variety of topics that run from March 2nd, 2021 to March 30th, 2021. Register now for all or some of the sessions to expand your knowledge of food security in higher education.


Drivers of food choice in LMIC: synthesis of evidence (4-part series)(2021)
with Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health Academy

The Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy hosted a four-part webinar series entitled “Drivers of food choice in low and middle-income countries: a synthesis of evidence”. Global food systems are altering local food environments that serve as the contexts of food choice, defined as the processes by which people consider, acquire, prepare, distribute, and consume foods and beverages. The Drivers of Food Choice (DFC) Competitive Grants Program funded projects that applied multi-disciplinary perspectives and methods across highly diverse settings and populations in 10 LMICs. The webinar series disseminates findings to foster discussion around next steps for scale-up and application of insights and innovations from the portfolio. The thematic areas of this webinar series articulate with prominent issues and questions currently confronting policy, practice, and research at the nexus of food environments, nutrition, and health. Recorded in 2021. Free access.

free recordings of 2021 webinars

GAIN Interview Cruncher: “42 actions to fix the food systems”
with GAIN

The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the Center for Food Policy at City University of London and the Alliance for a Healthier World at Johns Hopkins University will be hosting a webinar conversation about the “42 food systems actions, opportunities and next steps of re-orienting food systems towards healthier diets” that is moderated by Shiulie Ghosh. This webinar will be presented by Corinna Hawkes, Adeyinka Onabolu, Cherrie Atilano, and Maximo Torero, and they will discuss how over 200 recommendations from numerous reports led to the development of 42 food system actions that can be used by policy makers to create a more nutritious food system.

For Earth’s Sake Home Gardens to Plate (2020)
with Integrated Dietetics Dharini Krishnan with Dr. Sultan Ismail

In this Integrated Dietetics Dharini Krishnan moderated webinar featured via Facebook live, Dr. Ismail shares knowledge around the benefits of a variety of gardens in creating successful, sustainable food systems. Throughout this webinar, Dr. Ismail describes important components of gardening, including a variety of different soil health techniques and heirloom seeds that have an impact on the productivity from garden to plate. With an emphasis on kitchen gardens, he is able to describe how the gardens can be adapted for use at home, in schools, or in a larger setting as a sustainable resource.


Understanding How and Why People Make Food Choices in LMIC for Promotion of Sustainable Healthy Diets
with The Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy

The Agriculture, Nutrition and Health (ANH) Academy is hosting a four part webinar series entitled “Drivers of food choice in low and middle-income countries: a synthesis of evidence”. Part one of this series is presented by Helen Walls, Mirriam Matita, Sigrid Wetheim-Heck and Christine Blake and moderated by Edward A Frongillo who will discuss three key topics. The topics include: Key Learnings from the Drivers of Food Choice Program (UofSC), Insights from Malawi : Household participation in food markets (LSHTM/LUANAR), and Insights from Vietnam: Modernization of the food retail environment (WUR/BI). This series will examine and articulate important issues and questions surrounding “policy, practice, and research at the nexus of food environments, nutrition, and health”. Click here to register and take advantage of this opportunity with experts in this field.


Sustainable & Wellness Oriented Lifestyle Practices (2020)
with Dr. Ram Aditya & Mr. T Kumaresan

This Integrated Dietetics moderated webinar (2020) by Dr. Ram Aditya and Mr. T Kumaresan via Facebook live discusses important sustainability topics including biodiversity and food waste, and includes tips on how to incorporate sustainable practices in everyday life. Some of these practices includes growing fruits and vegetables safely and composting properly. These presenters share their knowledge of sustainability and wellness and how it can be adapted at an individual and community level.

free recording on Facebook live

Plants for Bettering Nutrition
with Priya Gopalen

In this Integrated Dietetics moderated webinar featured via Facebook live, Priya Gopalen discusses the importance of school gardens in the development of sustainable communities in India. Priya covers topics including different types of gardens, native vegetables, spices and micro greens and how to grow them sustainably within a school setting. Priya identifies the vital role that the kids, teachers, gardeners and implementers of school gardens play in the development of sustainable communities ad schools.


Assessment of Food Environments of Obesity Reduction in a South African Context
with Dr Bianca van der Westhuizen

The Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA) provides a series of webinars for dietitians, freely available. We recommend this one, where Dr Bianca van der Westhuizen discusses the impact of changing food environments on obesity, the factors that impact on food environments and presents data on food access and the proportion of healthy stores within certain South African communities.


Vegetarian Diets and Chronic Kidney Disease
with Veena Juneja

With the recent interest in vegetarianism, it is important to consider how to support those with different disease conditions who consume plant-based diets. Experienced clinician Veena Juneja discusses current approaches to managing vegetarian diets for those with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with an emphasis on addressing specific concerns about the quantity and quality of protein and phosphorus bioavailability. Practical information and special considerations to support patients with CKD and on dialysis to meet their nutrition requirements in transitioning towards a vegetarian diet are also covered.

Paid open access. Discount for members of Dietitians of Canada.

Facilitating healthier and more sustainable food choices (2022 Nov, recorded)
with European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

How can we make it easier for consumers to choose healthy and sustainable food? This symposium organised & recorded by European Food Information Council (EUFIC) presents recent research on how food labels, dietary recommendations, nudges, and digital tools can help direct consumers towards healthier and more sustainable food choices. They explain consumer preferences, profiles, and barriers, and how they can influence which strategies are most appropriate in which contexts.


Boosting the Role of Academia in Transition to Sustainable Food Systems (2022)

Boosting the Role of Academia in Transition to Sustainable Food Systems is the third and the last online event organized in 2022 by Una Europa (an alliance of 11 European universities) Seed Funding project, INSTIL (The role of academia in transition to sustainable food systems). The project has connected five leading European research universities: the University of Helsinki, the University of Edinburgh, the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Bologna and the Free University of Berlin, and started an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder  dialogue on the role of academia in sustainable food systems. Each university has contributed to the webinars by bringing its own its knowledge, best practices and expertise. Both senior academic, early stage researchers and public/private stakeholders have been be involved. The webinars have been embedded in an open environment to ensure appropriate opportunities for cross-fertilisation, transparency and the rising of new ideas between disciplines through a multidisciplinary approach. Involved researchers will analyze the outcomes of the online events and will write a joint scientific publication.


ICLEI African Food Systems Labs (2022)

Several African Food Systems labs have been held that are useful for D-Ns, for any questions, email Ryan Fisher at ryan.fisher@iclei.org or Ivan Pauw at ivan.pauw@iclei.org. The labs are based on project held in three African Nations: Senegal in Dakar, Bambilor, Kaffrine and Koungheul; Kenya in Kisumu, Nairobi, Nakuru and Mombasa; and South Africa in Western Cape (Cape Town), Gauteng (Johannesburg) and KwaZulu-Natal (Durban). The project activities spanning 2022 include: Convening dialogues in African cities and Latin American cities; Promoting the Urban Food Systems Lab in selected countries as a follow up of the food systems dialogues that took place in 202; and Hosting city-to-city exchanges between African cities and Latin American cities. The labs highlighted the need for greater coordination between different levels and departments of government for strengthening the participation and agency of local governments in policy design and implementations. They aimed to develop concrete strategic actions for streamlining multi-level food systems governance and elevating the role of local and provincial governments in developing more inclusive, sustainable and resilient food systems. The sessions explored the potential role of existing policy frameworks, such as the District Development Model, in elevating sustainable local food systems as well as questions around where mandates, roles and responsibilities lie in this regard. Representatives from local and provincial governments across were given the opportunity to communicate the type of engagement they need from the national government and the types of governance structures that will be conducive to developing more sustainable food systems in their constituencies.


North American Food Systems Network webinars (many)
with NAFSN

North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN) works to be a leader in the professional development of food systems practitioners, and the food systems profession itself. There are several NAFSN webinar series found under their events page. Be sure to look at their archive as well their upcoming events and sign up for alerts to be notified of new events. There are many sessions by Dietitians and Nutritionists, and many more of interest. Most are free and recorded. There is a membership options as well.

free & most are recorded. There is a membership option as well.

EFAD Sustainable and Healthy Diets recorded webinar series (2021-22)
with EFAD

This is a series of webinars organised the the European Federations of the Associations of Dietitians supported by unrestricted educational grants from Nestle and Danone and are saved with the conversation threads and participant surveys for your continued use. There are a series of 5 webinars: (1) Prof. Filippo Arfini and Ms Raquel Bernácer introduced the concept and pillars of sustainability as well as the context and challenges of sustainable diets. (2) Dr Christopher A Birt and Mr Manuel Moñino, on the European Farm to Fork strategy and other global initiatives toward more sustainable food systems. (3) Dr Ana Islas Ramos from FAO updated us on how Food-Based Dietary Guidelines are developed and implemented to improve their effectiveness and integrate sustainability and Prof. Rune Blomhoff went through how the Nordic and Baltic countries integrated sustainability into health-based diet guidelines. (4) Ms Laura Batlle-Bayer presented the food production/ agriculture aspects and the life cycle analysis. Mr Pierre Garin talked about food processing and its’ impact on sustainability, sustainable food labelling and how to make food products more sustainable. Last but not least, Dr Sarah Browne, went through food waste and nutrition quality. (5) Ujué Fresán on how to practically follow a healthy and sustainable diet, and Daniela Grach on proposals for implementing sustainable nutrition in the professional fields of dietetics.


Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour (SNEB) & Food Sustainability (2022)
with SNEB

The Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour (SNEB) has hosted several webinars related to Sustainability that you can find in their recorded webinar list by searching for ‘sustainability’. We attach the slides below with permission from SNEB. If you would like to also collaborate with ICDA SFS to do a webinar, we are happy to discuss it, just contact the ICDA SFS coordinator.

25 dollars for non-SNEB members, Free for SNEB members

Planetary Health on the Menu: Sustainability in Food & Nutrition Careers (monthly)
with Planetary Health Collective

Next session: Tue, Nov 15, 2022 at 7:30 PM CST – Erin Bergquist MPH, RD, LD Clinical Professor at Iowa State University’s (ISU) Master of Professional Practice in Dietetics. She helps lead sustainable food systems rotations in Ghana, France, and California; Allison Righter, MSPH, RDN is director of health and sustainability programs for the strategic initiatives group at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA); Dionne Washington is passionate about feeding the community and is responsible for all community relationships, grants and fundraising as well as serving as a local food purchaser on behalf of Project Roots in Arizona.

Planetary Health Collective sits down with leaders and change-makers who have succeeded in merging their passions for human and environmental health into an unconventional career in food and nutrition. Each session highlights 2-3 leaders with a unique background, story, and contribution to the fight for a climate-resilient future. We will learn how each of our panelists use food and nutrition as their vehicle for impact. This event is open for all who recognize the power of food for transformational change in both human and environmental health, regardless of experience in the field. They highlight the central roles of intersectionality, social justice, and health equity in the pursuit of food and climate justice, and provide opportunities to learn about and engage with individuals whose work serves as a model for how each and every one of us can channel our passions to improve human health and environmental sustainability. You will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q/A, where you can network and get real-time feedback on how YOU can join this work, all while leveraging your unique passions and skills in food and climate. This Event is hosted by: Mary Purdy, MS, RDN; Ayten Salahi, MS, RDN; Breta Alstrom, MS, RDN. Register here.

Free, donations welcome

UNFSS Action Track #2: Shift to Sustainable Consumption Patterns (2021) 
with UN and EAT

United Nations’ Food Systems Summit UNFSS Action Track #2: Shift to Sustainable Consumption Patterns with EAT (2021) – Solutions to shift to sustainably produced food, strengthen local value chains and improve nutrition (especially amongst the most vulnerable), and reuse and recycle food resources so that we can half food waste.

free recorded

From Science to Action to accelerate the food system transformation: What are the human and environmental health benefits of food cultivated with agroecological practices (2022 Nov)
with Coalition of Health Professionals for Regenerative Agriculture

The Webinar “From Science to Action to accelerate the food system transformation: What are the human and environmental health benefits of food cultivated with agroecological practices?” will be presented by experts from the Coalition of Health professionals for Regenerative Agriculture. During this webinar, the speakers will present the global nutrient density movement, bridge the gap between nutrition and agriculture and present how agroecology can contribute to a one health approach integrating human, animals and ecosystems. The webinar will be live-streamed on the Facebook page of Agroecology Europe and recorded. Nov 8, 2022 04:00 PM in Brussels


Food is Medicine Research Action Plan Webinar (2021 Jan)
with Food & Society at the Aspen Institute and the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation

A recorded webinar on the launch of the Food is Medicine Research Action Plan held January 27, 2022. Led by the Food & Society at the Aspen Institute and the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation (CHLPI). The plan was supported by the Walmart Foundation and developed with 18 months of stakeholder engagement and guided by expert advisors. It puts forward 26 recommendations to guide the next decade of equity-centered, purposeful, translatable research in the Food is Medicine field and contains a comprehensive overview of the peer-reviewed research on food and nutrition interventions like medically tailored meals, medically tailored groceries, and produce prescriptions which require a coordinated effort and investment.

free recorded webinar

PHC Monthly Food & Climate Coffee Chats – 2022.11 they are changing these
with Planetary Health Collective (PHC)

Monthly Food & Climate Coffee Chats – Are you interested in the food & climate movement but you don’t know what steps to take? Connect with eco-RD’s to find out what’s next! On the First Friday of the month join one of the Planetary Health Collective (PHC)’s Steering Committee Members for an opportunity to get guidance how you can find a career in nutrition and sustainability, get connected in the food and climate community, or just to network with like minded individuals. Free!


Pollinator Partnership Webinars (many)
with Pollinator Partnership

Pollinators and optimal human nutrition go hand in hand. This series of webinars is for Dietitians and Nutritionists (D-Ns) who already know about this critical link. If you need more on the topic see Pollinator Power: Nutrition Security Benefits of an Ecosystem Service (2015 Aug).  Pollinator Partnership‘s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.  They have international programmes under their International Commission for Plant-Pollinator Relationships and a clever acronym that aligns well with cross-pollination: S.H.A.R.E. (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment). 

Pollinator Partnership has a series of webinars and workshops that are from North America, but lessons that can be applied with your own species the world over. You can see by the featured image that the ‘Pollinator Week’ activities that happen annually in June are North-America Centric. Could we help get the rest of the world on the map? For more ideas, the #ICDAsfsToolkit also has some of their resources under Tools for Practice and Reports, as well as a Cross-Pollination Discussion Forum for registered #ICDAsfsToolkit members (it’s free!).

free & recorded for the most part

Webinar Recording: True Cost Accounting (TCA) of Food (2022 Apr)
with FAO, Tufts Food Systems Initiative, and the Feed the Future Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab

This is a recorded webinar. Panelists discuss leveraging the True Cost Accounting (TCA) framework to address market failures, as well as the policy and programmatic implications of TCA across the food system. This 3-hour event features two panels of experts and will be presented as a follow-up to the recommendations from the United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS). The Food Systems for Nutrition Innovation Lab (FSN-IL) is funded by USAID under the Feed the Future initiative. FSN-IL promotes food system innovations, novel technologies, and best practices to support improved diet quality, nutrition, and resilience. Their goal is to identify, test and help scale up promising nutrition-savvy food system solutions while strengthening human and institutional capacity in our host countries and around the world.


FBDG integrating SFS transformation (2022 Sep 28)
with FAO

Coordinator: The session isn’t yet in the recording archives. I have written to FAO and will update this page when I know more. past recordings are put in the archive: https://www.fao.org/webcast/archive

How can dietary guidelines fulfil their potential for agrifood systems transformation? Policies and practices to support healthy diets and development outcomes across the SDGs. Nearly 100 countries have developed dietary guidelines as a tool to inform their consumers about healthy dietary patterns and help them achieve better nutrition outcomes. Some countries are now undertaking further activities to enhance the potential of dietary guidelines to guide agrifood systems transformation, such as by actively using dietary guidelines to guide policy and practice in agrifood systems, and incorporating environmental sustainability. The role of dietary guidelines to influence agrifood systems transformation is recognized but can this potential be achieved? This Dialogue will help shed light on this question by focusing on recent country experiences, potential barriers and how they can be overcome to make the next generation of dietary guidelines a reality. They present a new methodology developed by FAO that takes a food systems approach to the development/ implementation process of dietary guidelines and considers the various dimensions of sustainability.


Philippines: NDAP SFS Toolkit presentation (2022 Feb)
with NDAP

These are the slides that the ICDA Sustainability Food Systems (SFS) Toolkit team presented a session at the Nutritionist-Dietitians’ Association of Philippines (NDAP) 67th Convention on 25th February 2022.  As a result, NDAP has joined the toolkit team with a regional representative. We will be working together with them to add more to the toolkit from the Philippines progress and lessons to share.

Slides are Free. There is a cost to access the recording

Introducing Food + Planet’s White Paper: Empowering Nutrition Professionals to Advance Sustainable Food Systems (2021 Sep)
with Food + Planet

In this webinar, Food + Planet launched their white paper: “Empowering Nutrition Professionals to Advance Sustainable Food Systems” that provides a road map of how we might meaningfully close the gap so that we can create a movement among nutrition professionals to catalyze change within the food system. By identifying current barriers and highlighting key leverage points of opportunity for nutrition professionals to engage, we can begin to unlock the vast potential of this global community to help accelerate the transition to more sustainable, regenerative, and equitable food systems. The free, live event was held on 2021 September 23 but is still relevant and can be seen on the Food + Planet YouTube channel, along with many other useful Sustainable Food Systems videos.



ICDA SFS Workshop (2020 Sep)
with Edith Callaghan, Haley Jenkins, Liesel Carlsson and Sheela Krishnaswamy (Moderator)

This is the video summary of the Workshop on Sustainable Food Systems organized by the International Confederation of Dietetic Associations (ICDA). In it, this beta-version of our web-based Toolkit (icdasustainability.org) is introduced and users are oriented to content. Participant stories are shared. The session is 1.5 hours to provide adequate discussion, which could be very useful to you as you aim to spread SFS further.

Free, open access

ICDA SFS Toolkit at Agriculture, Nutrition & Health Academy Week (#ANH2022 Jun)
with ANH2022

ICDA SFS Toolkit team held a session at the #ANH2022 titled: “Contribute to Sustainable Food Systems with the ICDA online Toolkit & Community! A toolkit for and by Dietitians & Nutritionists to learn & grow: ICDAsustainability.org.

This session is a great way to orient you to the toolkit or to help you orient others. Watch the video and/or download the slides that includes the notes we took during the discussions and chats. You are welcome to use/adapt it to your own needs. Contact the ICDA SFS Toolkit coordinator if you need the powerpoint version or any guidance.

⏰ The bulk of our time was spent using the toolkit together and almost all the participants took the Sustainability Self-Assessment: A Personalized Toolkit Guide. We demonstrated the toolkit’s applicability to different settings and discussed the impact it is having on dietitians, nutritionists, and populations we work with. We suggested ways that participants can contribute to the toolkit so that it evolves to continually – It is a toolkit for nutrition professionals by nutrition professionals!

FREE - recordings

Sessions on Nutrition and Climate Change at the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27)(2022 Nov)
with UN-Nutrition

This year, like never before, food systems are part of the agenda of the 27th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) which is taking place from 6 to 18 November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. UN-Nutrition, the United Nations coordinating mechanism for nutrition, will actively engage to increase awareness about the interlinkages between diets, food systems and climate change, and to highlight the importance of addressing nutritional and environmental challenges through joint policy options to generate co-benefits for people and the planet. Visit this link at UN-Nutrition to see many of the events will address nutrition, many that you can take part virtually in.

free virtual attendance

Healthy Lives from Sustainable Food Systems (2022 Oct)
with Uppsala Health Summit

Did you attend the Uppsala Health Summit from 22-26 October 2022 and/or read the Healthy Lives from Sustainable Food Systems pre-conference report? It provides a broad and up-to-date overview of the current challenges and the changes needed to make our food systems healthier and more sustainable. The report outlines the background of each workshop at the Uppsala Health Summit 2022 and the recordings of the plenary sessions are here. The conclusions from the discussions in workshops will be published in a post-conference briefing-kit.  Uppsala Health Summit is a recurring international policy arena for dialogue on challenges for health and healthcare, and how we can overcome them. Personally invited decision-makers, opinion-makers and experts participate in active dialogue in thoroughly prepared workshops and plenum sessions. Initiators are Uppsala University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala County Council, Uppsala City Council, and World Class Uppsala.


2022 slides: ICDA session at Society for Nutrition Education and Behaviour (SNEB) Annual Conference
with SNEB

#ICDAsfsToolkit presenters teamed up with SNEB’s Division of International Nutrition Education (DINE) and Feed the Future Malawi’s Strengthening Agricultural and Nutrition Extension (SANE) led by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to present “Capitalising on International ICTs for Sustainable Food Systems” inline with the conference theme: Re-engineering Nutrition Education and Behavior – designing tech competence in your digital world. The ICDA SFS Toolkit focused on the way we are using technology to develop the toolkit, facilitate knowledge mobilisation and application, and track progress and impact. The SANE portion provided examples of how nutrition professionals can utilise technology in their work for coordination & collaboration, knowledge management and sharing, and extending nutrition education into difficult to reach households. Check the SNEB Website for conference sessions that are available for purchase shortly after the conference (free if you paid to attend the conference). Conference fee varies, reduced fees for members ~300 USD vs non-member ~600 USD. The pdf of the slides are available for free here.

Free slides. Viewing the session recording carries a fee. SNEB Conference fee varies, reduced fees for members ~300 USD vs non-member ~600 USD

Symposium Workshop: Sustainable Food Systems Master Class (expired 2020, but links and info still good)
with Today’s Dietitian

Although this workshop is no long running, the workshop link is still active and provides very useful links and descriptions of the workshop that could be emulated again / updated if there were enough demand.

This was a three hour master class was hosted by Today’s Dietitian and lead by dietitians: Sherene, Kate, Sharon, and Chris. The workshop discussed “how RDs can help align human nutrition with planetary health; protect biodiversity through organic and regenerative agriculture; and use the changing climate and food innovation to reshape the future of food”. Those who attended the workshop heard inspiring success stories to help motivate sustainability journeys. The master class was an accreditation of 3.50 CDR and may be applicable in other regions.

Free Until: 05/20/2021

The youth-led World Food Forum (WFF): Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet. (17-21 Oct 2022)
with UN SDG Global Youth

The World Food Forum is being held virtually & in person in Italy from 17-21 October 2022. It is a youth-led movement and network to transform our agrifood systems, rallying around the 2022 theme: “Healthy Diets. Healthy Planet.” There are many activities leading up to the event. The WFF aims to co-identify bold, actionable solutions to minimize and mitigate the impacts of climate change, while simultaneously increasing global access to healthy diets. As a recurring forum, the WFF features a range of events and activities organized around four thematic tracks: Youth Action, Innovation, Education, and Culture. They aim for people to be a part of the solution and come together to make the changes we all need to thrive.

Free - I think, at least the virtual event. Stay tuned.

My NutriWeb: The Truth about Plant Protein (2022 Nov 17)

Thu, Nov 17, 2022 13:00 – 17:30 GMT. This 4-hour symposium by My NutriWeb: The Truth about Plant Protein will be held with the Alpro Foundation and is designed to bring together all professionals working across the health and food systems as well as tutors and students across the UK Ireland and Europe with the aim of addressing the latest hot topics in plant-based eating for health and the planet. This year’s event will include an online networking opportunity for those attending the live event. The symposium will cover • Relevancy and adequacy of plant proteins • Latest evidence to support the inclusion of plant proteins • Commonly asked questions and myths • Plant proteins in relation to: Muscle protein synthesis, Later life, Sarcopenia • Differences in country specific recommendations • How do we help people move towards a more plant-based diet including inspiration and sign posting, that professionals can use in their daily communications. CHAIRS: • Professor Ian Rowland, Emeritus Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading • Elphee Medici, Nutrition Expert, Nutrilicious

COP27 ICLEI Feeding the city for healthy people, landscapes, and climate (2022 Nov 12)

COP27 will be starting in just a few days, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability)’s food team is holding a session on Feeding the city for healthy people, landscapes, and climate. Food systems account for up to 37% of global GHG emissions. (Note from the ICDAsfsToolkit Coordinator – SFS do not emit this much!) As more than 70% of the world’s food is consumed in urban areas, cities are at the core of the problem. At the same time, city leaders have a key role to play in finding locally relevant solutions to growing social, economic and environmental challenges and in enhancing urban-rural linkages for greater resilience. Building on the global momentum for food system change, this event will explore the role of cities in driving food systems transformation in a multi-level governance context. Dietitians-Nutritionists’ voices are needed! 12 November 2022 from at 10:00-11:30 UTC+2 at the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities Constituency (LGMA) Multilevel Action Pavilion at COP27 on Whova, a virtual conference platform. To register click here.

COP27 Food Systems Pavilion (2022 Nov 6-18)

For the first time ever, there will be a Food Systems Pavilion at the UN Climate Change Conference, putting food centre stage during these crucial negotiations. The Food Systems Pavilion will focus on actions, strategies, and solutions across the entire food value chain that have the potential to drive the transformation towards healthier, more resilient, and more equitable food systems. The opportunity is huge. Transforming the world’s food systems could generate $4.5 trillion annually in new economic opportunities by 2030 and help us to create a net-zero, nature positive world, while also ensuring social justice and food security. Join us on this journey and see what we’ve got cooking to deliver #ActionOnFood for people and planet. 6 –18th November 2022.

Diet for a Green Planet (international online course 2022 Aug)
with Novia University of Applied Sciences & BERAS International (Building Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and Societies)

Diet for a green planet managing transformations in the food system

The International course ”Diet for a Green Planet” with Novia University of Applied Sciences and BERAS International (Building Ecological Regenerative Agriculture and Societies) were open for applications until 2022 August. It costed 200 Euros (payable in two payments) and provides 15 ECTs (European Credit Transfers). This brochure summarises the key points of the course.

200 Euro

Food is Our Medicine online Action Learning series (2021)
with Nourish Leadership

The free “Food is Our Medicine online Action Learning series” is designed to introduce Canada’s health care professionals and leaders to new and different ways of understanding the complex relationships between Indigenous foodways, reconciliation, healing, and health care. You will have opportunities to learn and reflect on (de)colonization, the perspectives, cultures, and foodways of various Indigenous communities, and steps you can take toward honouring Indigenous worldviews in health care. Participation is free, you complete it at your own pace, and the entire course takes approximately 15 hours.