Join us for a Seminar: Is this Food Sovereignty? Civil Society Engagement in Food Policy-Making in Canada

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Co-presented by the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience and England’s A People’s Food Policy ( Join in person or via livestream on Facebook.

8th December /2-4pm/ Ryton Gardens

From 2007-2011, the ‘People’s Food Policy’ (2007-2011) was a grassroots process to articulate food policy grounded in the pillars food sovereignty. Today, the government of Canada is writing a “Food Policy for Canada”, in part a response to demands laid out in the People’s Food Policy. The draft Food Policy is expected in the first half of 2018. These are interesting times to be an advocate for government policies supportive of a democratic, just and sustainable food system in Canada. The policy window has never been more open at the federal level, but many questions arise about what can be achieved through this policy-making process, and the extent to which progressive values may be compromised simply by active engagement in the process. This presentation will present an insider’s view of the current food policy discussion in Canada, and in particular on the effort to build a multi-stakeholder Canadian Food Policy Council and related governance mechanisms.  Grounded in a historical and political economy analysis of the food system in Canada, my purpose is to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of the current food policy-making process in relation to the goals and values of the Food Sovereignty movement.A Food Policy for Canada

Peter Andrée is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is also cross-appointed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and in the Institute of Political Economy. Prof Andrée’s research focuses on the politics of food and the environment. He practices, and teaches, community-based participatory research methods. Prof. Andrée is co-editor of Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food (University of Toronto Press, 2014) which examines social movements the world over seeking to build more sustainable and just food systems. He is also author of Genetically Modified Diplomacy (University of British Columbia Press, 2007), an analysis of the global politics of regulating genetically modified organisms. Prof. Andree is one of the authors of a proposal being put forward though a multi-stakeholder collaborative to establish a National Food Policy Council in Canada

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Event Details

The Centre’s lunchtime seminars provide a lively discussion forum that is open to anyone to attend, including Coventry University staff and students, visiting asociates and practioners.

All seminars are held at CAWR Ryton Organic Gardens (CV8 3LG) between 2-4pm. (unless specified otherwise).

A free shuttle bus service is available from Coventry University to Ryton Organic Gardens. Please contact CAWRoffice for more details. There is also free parking on site.

If you would like to attend, please register your interest with CAWRoffice who will provide you with further details.

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