The 8th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference/University of the Arctic Inaugural Food Summit opened this morning in Girdwood, Alaska. Attendees are on hand from Japan, Norway, Iceland, Finland, Canada and Alaska to tackle food security and agricultural issues.
University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Brian Rogers (pictured above) said, “UAF was founded as an agricultural and mining college. Alaska has welcomed expertise fro northern countries. To have this conference here is special for us.
“UArctic aims for a strong, sustainable circumpolar region through shared knowledge. The thematic network on food security works for self-sufficiency for northern communities. We want to increase training and research so we have the ability to produce more of our own food.
“At UAF we are researching reindeer, vegetable cultivars, Alaska’s growing season and growing guides. We are at the end of the supply lines and it is tenuous.
“Work on circumpolar agriculture is critical to the future of Alaska.”