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Eat Better and Live Better, Swiss Style!

With Dr. Olivier Jolliet

  • Tuesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m.

  • Free admission

  • Online via Zoom · In English

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Why can we lose 36 minutes of healthy life per hot dog and gain 25 minutes with a serving of peanuts? Within the wide choice and diversity of foods we can select from, how can targeted small changes make a substantial difference for the planet and for our health in our diets? This presentation will address these questions in the context of the US and Swiss diet, from a raclette and a fondue to a pizza and a burger!

With Dr. Olivier Jolliet. Introduction by Swiss Consul General of Switzerland in Chicago, Bruno Ryff, and Marie-Simone Pavlovich from the Swiss Benevolent Society. This program is possible thanks to the Swiss Benevolent Society.

Dr. Olivier Jolliet is Full Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. Dr. Jolliet has pioneered with colleagues the development of LCA method for agriculture and food production since early 1990s, He has compared the nutritional and environmental impacts of food systems, determining minutes of healthy life gained and lost for 5800 individual foods (Jolliet et al), a high impact research reported by more than 1000 news media. Dr. Jolliet co-initiated the Life Cycle Initiative – hosted at the United Nations Environment Program, presently coordinating the effort of more than 150 scientists worldwide towards development of impact assessment approaches. His work aims to a) compare the life cycle risks and benefits of foods, consumer products and emerging technologies; and b) model and screen population exposure and effect on health. Dr. Jolliet has authored or co-authored more than 220 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters.

What is la Francophonie?

La Francophonie is a concept which was born of an understanding and appreciation of the fact that, owing to history, the French language is spoken by 300 million people across 5 continents. It is a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity, promoting democracy, human rights and peace.

The Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) is the entity which embodies the values of la Francophonie, seeking to promote the French language, francophone culture, as well as developing economic cooperations among its 88 member states and governments.

The Alliance Française de Chicago shares this mission; as a French-speaking organisation, we seek to engage as many individuals as possible with the French language and cultures of francophone nations.

La Francophonie est née de la compréhension et de l’appréciation du fait que la langue française est parlée par 300 millions de personnes sur les 5 continents. C’est une célébration de la diversité linguistique et culturelle, qui fait la promotion de la démocratie, des droits de l’homme et de la paix.

L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) est l’entité qui incarne les valeurs de la Francophonie, cherchant à promouvoir la langue française, la culture francophone, ainsi qu’à développer les coopérations économiques entre ses 88 États et gouvernements membres.

L’Alliance française de Chicago partage cette mission ; en tant qu’organisation francophone, nous cherchons à faire participer le plus grand nombre possible de personnes à la langue française et aux cultures des nations francophones.

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