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Michael W. HammDr. Michael W. Hamm is the C. S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Michigan State University.He has a B.A. in Biology from Northwestern University, a Ph.D. in Human Nutrition from the University of Minnesota, and was a NIH post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition.Mike is currently affiliated with the Departments of Community Sustainability; Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences; and Food Science and Human Nutrition.
Prior to moving to MSU, he was Dean of Academic and Student Programs for Cook College, Rutgers University and had 19 years on the faculty in Nutritional Sciences.He was co-founder and director of the New Jersey Urban Ecology Program and founding director of the Cook Student Organic Farm.At MSU he was founding director of the Center for Regional Food Systems and is now its Senior Fellow.
Mike's primary research area encompasses regional and sustainable food systems with a current special interest in city region food systems-both domestic and international.
He was a consultant on sustainability to the recent U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. (East Lansing, MI)
Mike has a BA in Biology from Northwestern University, a Ph.D. in human nutrition from Univ. of Minn., and was a fellow at Columbia University's Institute of Human Nutrition.He was on the Nutritional Sciences faculty at Rutgers University for 19 years prior to joining the faculty at MSU in 2003.Among his university duties he has served as advisor and mentor to hundreds of undergraduate students.He started playing soccer in 1957 in his hometown of St. Louis, MO (yes, it was a US soccer mecca in the 50's and 60's).
In those days you started 11v11 in first grade with a 1-2-3-5 formation - he played everything from goal to forward.
Soccer has progressed here.
He played competitively into high school and has played recreationally ever since - this includes pick-up games in NYC (where he lived for six years) with players from around the world.
He has been coaching for thirteen years in the Lansing area.
He is really excited to join the Chill coaching staff and bring his training and experience to the pitch to help players in the Lansing area both improve their game and learn to enjoy it for the rest of their lives.
Mike Hamm, CS Mott Professor, Sustainable Food Systems, Michigan State UniversityMike Hamm and the Sustainable Food System program has been engaged in such activities as increasing farmers' markets, increasing conventional growers' movement to organic, and increasing access to fresh fruits and vegetables by limited-resource households.
The group also is helping limited-resource farmers utilize asset building programs such as the earned income tax credit; is building partnerships with coalitions to promote community based food systems; and is identifying opportunities to link public health, economic development, community development, and community-based food systems.
Hamm helped develop and was subsequently appointed to the Michigan Food Policy Council, representing institutions of higher education.
He has served on the Community Task force of the Michigan Surgeon General's "Step's Up Campaign" to help Michigan residents adopt a more healthy lifestyle, and he served on the Michigan Department of Community Health's Cardiovascular Health Task Force to develop recommendations for a state plan to help prevent heart disease.
Hamm also is credited for increasing the linkages at state and local levels between different sectors to improve the health and sustainability of communities.
Prior to joining Michigan State University, Hamm served as chairperson for the Department of Nutritional Sciences for Cook College at Rutgers University, and was Dean of Academic and Student Affairs.Hamm is a member of the Michigan Food Policy Council, the National Resource Council Panel on Undergraduate Agricultural Education, the Editorial Board for the Journal of Agriculture and Human Values.He also is a member of the American Society for Nutritional Sciences; the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; and the Community Food Security Coalition.
How to feed a city | The Campaign for Real Farming
This blog-post, published on May 20 for the FCRN, is written by Professor Michael Hamm, C.S. Mott Professor of Sustainable Agriculture - Michigan State University and Director of the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.
It's the first in a series on the value of city region food systems.
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