Dr Mike Hamm will explore the opportunity for regional food systems in-and-around cities for mutual benefit. He will approach a number of issues - including vertical farming, bio-geochemical cycles, water use, new entry farmers, and healthy food provisioning - embedded in the notion of city region food systems with reference to supply/demand dynamics.
Professor Mike Hamm
Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow
Dr Michael Hamm's work is focused on sustainable and regionalised food systems. He is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Fellow, Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) at Michigan State University and Oxford Martin Visiting Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme of the Future of Food. He has a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota. Prior to 2003 move to MSU he spent nineteen years on the Rutgers University faculty in Nutritional Sciences. At MSU he was founding Director of the Center for Regional Food Systems. In his sixteen years at MSU Mike has published on a range of topics regarding health, sustainable food systems, urban agriculture, and regional/local food systems.
Most recently he was the lead author on the health chapter for the TEEBAgriFood report TEEB for Agriculture & Food: Scientific and Economic Foundations. He is a member of the Menu of Change Technical Advisory Committee and was a governor-appointed member of the Michigan Food Policy Council. Mike was a consultant on sustainability for the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report.