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Policy Workshop – Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas: Lessons for Policy and Practice
Only eating food from within a 100 mile radius of your home or trying to avoid eating food which has to be shipped from the other side of the globe has become popular with many individuals over the past decade. But in a cold country such as Canada how realistic is the “100 mile diet” and counting “food miles”? What role could public policy play in promoting local food systems? Join the debate with academics, civil society actors, industry representatives and civil servants. The event discussed the latest policy-relevant research from the EU and Canada.
March 3, 5:30-7:00 p.m., Carleton University
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Jan Douwe vander Ploeg, “Rebuilding Local Food Systems in an Era of Empire and Globalization: lessons from the EU and beyond”
This presentation was supported, in part, by a grant from the European Commission.
March 4: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., British High Commission
Policy Workshop “Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas: Lessons for Policy and Practice”
PANEL ONE: Building links between European and Canadian policy experiences
Peter Andree. “Lost in a Corn Maize? Comparing the EU and Canada on central government support for sustainable local food systems.”
Terry Marsden. “Sustainable Place-Making in Europe and China: Towards a new spatial imagination for agri-food and urban-rural relations.”
Lauren Baker. “Bridging the Good Food Gap: Three jurisdictions, three responses.”
Jean-Frédéric Lemay. “Local Food Systems and Public Policy: Opportunities and barriers from the Québec context.”
PANEL TWO: Comparative case studies from Europe and the Americas
Maria Fonte. “Re-connection between Producers and Consumers in Europe: Markets, communities, knowledges, and policies.”
Harriet Friedmann. “Agri-food Policy Renewal in the Golden Horseshoe: Synergistic policies for economic development, health, and environmental sustainability in an urbanized region.”
Patricia Ballamingie. “Insights from Cuba: Viva la revolución agro-ecológica!” (co-authored with Lorelei Hanson)
PANEL THREE: Trade agreements and sustainable local food systems: Help or hindrance?
Rod MacRae. “Real Restrictions or Just Trade Chill? Do trade agreements substantially limit development of local and sustainable food systems?”
Chantal Blouin. “The Impact of Trade Agreements on Local Food Systems: Lessons learned from trade and health.”
PANEL FOUR: Building partnerships between municipal governments and civil society
Karen Landman. “Current Trends in North American Urban Agriculture: opportunities for municipal governments and NGOs.”
Presentation Slides (too big)
Alison Blay-Palmer. “Food Hubs: Growing community based solutions for sustainable, local food systems.”
March 5: 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Carleton University Workshop “Local Food Systems in Practice”
Sarah Wakefield (co-authored with Charles Levkoe)
Presentation Slides: “Food Hubs and Food Centres: The Stop Community Food Centre Model”
Presentation Slides (in French): “Équiterre E-CSA”
Presentation Slides: “Using Security Toolkits and Assessment Tools in Food Hub Planning”
Sustainable local food systems have the potential to shore up communities as they tackle environmental challenges and deal with limited resources. The development of local food systems can promote economic development and diversification as well as be tied to a variety of public health goals. The workshop discussed the way in which goods are currently traded and asked whether there is a bias towards export and away from local consumption. Governments in Canada at the federal, provincial and municipal levels are engaging in the issues around local food systems in areas as diverse as agriculture, public health, environment, northern affairs, and regional development. The workshop debated a variety of civil society initiatives designed to engage citizens in the reconstruction of local food systems.
For more information, please contact CETD Manager, Natasha Joukovskaia, at email@example.com or by phone (613) 520-2600 ext. 1179.
This event is organized by the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD), and is supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). CETD is also grateful to the British High Commission for providing a venue for the Friday workshop.