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Discussions with Geoff Tansey

Geoff Tansey, visiting UK scholar, will be available for private meetings on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in the Guelph region. For more information, please contact Alison Blay-Palmer (alison.blaypalmer at gmail.com).

Or, you can catch Geoff at one of two upcoming public lectures in Ontario:

“Tinkering or Transformation: going beyond food and energy security for a well-fed world at peace”

Tuesday, April 16th
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Anthropology Building, 19 Russell Street, AP246
University of Toronto

Geoff Tansey will discuss the range of innovations needed if we are to avoid food and farming becoming a source of conflict in the 21st century. He will outline a new project with the working title ‘Food is a key to avoiding World War Three.’

For further info: http://www.devsem.utoronto.ca/.
The seminar is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Science. It is co-sponsored by Anthropology, Geography, Political Science, Sociology, and the Comparative and International Development Education Centre at OISE.


“Hungry for what? Reflections on food, hunger and justice”

Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 7:00-8:30 pm
University of Waterloo
Environment Building 3, room 3412

Geoff Tansey will discuss the differing narratives – notably the `productivity ́ vs. `sufficiency ́ narratives – which underlie differing approaches to creating a well-fed world. Solutions must look far beyond a focus in technology and production to achieve that goal. Key questions revolve around which of the various actors in the current dysfunctional food system is hungry for what – and how systemic change is needed to create just food systems that enable everyone to be well-fed.

A public lecture supported by the Wilfred Laurier University, Nourishing Ontario Research Group (SSHRC/OMAF sponsored) and the University of Waterloo Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability.


Geoff Tansey works for fair, healthy and sustainable food systems as an independent writer and consultant. (See his website). His books include The Food System: a guide (with Tony Worsley) and co-editorship of The future control of food – A guide to international negotiations and rules on intellectual property, biodiversity and food security. He was honorary visiting professor of food policy at Leeds Metropolitan University from 1996-99 and is an honorary research fellow in the Department of Peace Studies at Bradford University and honorary visiting fellow at the Centre for Rural Economy at the Newcastle University.

Fortnightly Feast – Vol. 5

In Ontario, Food Charters Abound

Last chance to endorse the Waterloo Region Food Charter!

York Region develops food charter
The York Region Food Charter is a vision of thriving urban and rural communities in which residents, businesses and governments are creating a resilient food system… Read more

Savour Muskoka charter to grow local food system

Food News

Environmental Commissioner of Ontario calls for province to invest in soil (and sustainability) through “bold action”

Importance of Sustainability Growing for Food Industry
… while a vast majority of companies believe sustainability to be increasingly important – 82 per cent of companies surveyed – only 19 per cent monitored the sustainability of the products they sourced. … Key drivers for addressing sustainability are meeting customer demand – 48 per cent – and saving the company money – 40 per cent.
While cost effectiveness is important, 67 per cent of respondents agreed that if they were in charge of procurement for their company, they would pay a premium for sustainably produced food or ingredients (emphasis added). Read More

A new resource for Food Systems and Food Innovation Districts
A food innovation district is a geographic concentration of food-oriented business, services, and community actiivities that are supported locally through planning and economic development initiatives. These districts can promote positive business environments, spur regional food system development, and increase access to local food. Read more

Get the guidebook Food Innovation Districts: An Economic Gardening Tool

Kwantlen Polytechnic U’s Sustainable Food Systems Working Group receives $50,000 donation from Vancity
(Metro Vancouver, BC) – On March 13, 2013, Vancity presented Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) with a $50,000 donation to the Sustainable Food Systems Working Group in support of their economic and community development study. Read more
…and a related story:
Towards a More Bioregional Food System

Funding for Local Food Initiatives
As they head into their third season, Fresh City Farms is kicking it into high gear!  Over the past two months, they’ve been using Kickstarter, a unique funding platform, to raise awareness of their formidable urban farming initiatives and resources to grow their infrastructure city-wide. Read more

Eating tomorrow – rethinking the world food system 
ETH Sustainability / World Food System Summer School (July 2012)

Save Food Newsletter, FAO

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