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Nordic president to address World Affairs Council of Maine

Heim to discuss future of U.S. food systems and how Maine is positioned to play a major role in sustainable food production
Jun 03, 2019

Portland — The World Affairs Council of Maine hosts its annual meeting and dinner, "Thinking Globally, Producing Locally: Maine and the Future of U.S. Food Systems," Thursday, June 6, with keynote speaker Erik Heim, president of Nordic Aquafarms Inc., and Petter Meier, counselor for Fisheries and Oceans at the Norwegian Embassy in the United States. The dinner takes place at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth at 5:30 p.m.

What does the future of food systems in the U.S. look like and how are global economic, environmental and political forces shaping its future? The council and guests will explore how changes in international trade and investment patterns combine with cutting-edge, sustainable technologies to offer new systems in food production.

Heim will discuss the challenges and opportunities our country faces in food production and why Maine is uniquely positioned as we grapple with the realities of climate change and growing instability in international relations.

“The U.S. has a unique opportunity to close its seafood deficit while maintaining high environmental standards," Heim said in a news release today from Nordic Aquafarms. "I am looking forward to sharing more perspectives on this U.S. food security issue this week.”

Nordic Aquafarms is an investor in and developer of land-based aquaculture internationally, with production plants in Norway (Fredrikstad Seafood) and Denmark (Sashimi Royal and Maximus) and two projects in the U.S. (Maine and California).

The World Affairs Council of Maine is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public membership organization dedicated to connecting Maine and the world by engaging and educating Mainers of all ages to become global citizens.


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