Healthy People, Planet Focus of WSU Extension Symposium March 11

PULLMAN, Wash. – Food safety and supply, health and wellness, energy security, resilient youth and families, and sustainable agriculture: these are some of the thorniest issues facing the planet. These issues are also the topics to be addressed at Washington State University Extension’s one-day, statewide symposium,Relentless Pursuit of a Healthier World,” Wednesday, March 11.

The symposium will be delivered via distance technology to seven different sites around the state: Pullman, Spokane, Tri Cities, Wenatchee, Mount Vernon, Vancouver and Puyallup. Each site will be hosted by a WSU Extension educator and offers an opportunity to listen to the presentations as well as ask questions of each speaker and participate in local discussions.

Registration and check in will begin at 7:30 a.m., March 11, at each site. The program starts at 9 a.m. The symposium is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. There is a charge for those interested in attending the symposium luncheon at each site.

“Given the opportunities afforded by this new format and our very high-quality presenters, theRelentless Pursuit of a Healthier World’ symposium promises to be an exciting, engaging and important exchange of ideas,” said Linda Kirk Fox, associate vice president and dean of WSU Extension.

Paul Roberts, author of the now-renowned “The End of Oil,” will discuss his latest work “The End of Food,” a thought-provoking look at global food issues. David Brewster, publisher of and founder of Seattle Weekly, will share his thoughts on how people choose information and make decisions based on that information today and in the future. Cheryl Scott, senior advisor to the president of global health for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will present “Acting Locally and Globally – Pursuing Equity in Health.”

More information and online registration is available at