Friday February 23, 2 – 3 p.m.

Join us each month as plant science and conservation efforts are presented by San Diego Botanic Garden’s staff, research associates, colleagues, and guest speakers. This month we will feature San Diego Botanic Garden’s Senior Director of Science and Conservation, Colin Khoury as he poses the question: “If we are what we eat, then where are we from?”

“You are what you eat” is often used as an admonishment when we have neglected to eat healthfully. But from a historical perspective, the assertion can open a wide range of questions about how we define ourselves and hold to our cultural affiliations, and to whom we should be thankful for our nourishment. This presentation will describe Colin’s journey to better understand where our food comes from, and how that history connects people, crops and livestock, and food cultures across the world. We will delve into the increasing homogeneity of human diets over recent decades, and discuss the benefits and challenges of this globalization trend. Finally, we will discuss the state of conservation of crop diversity, and outline the critical conservation actions needed to help our food systems become more diverse, healthier, more sustainable, and more equitable. 


Cost: Free with Garden admission

Class format: In-person, indoors

Please register by February 22,walk-ins welcome (space permitting)