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What's for Dinner? Building a healthy, reliable food supply for Newfoundland and Labrador

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Wednesday June 9, 2010 7:30-9:30pm

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From a short growing season and limited farmland, to depleted fish stocks and high transportation costs, Newfoundland and Labrador faces many challenges related to food security. These issues contribute to a host of problems, including lack of food availability in many rural communities, dependence on outside suppliers, and some of the highest rates of diet-related chronic illness in Canada.


It’s time to rethink what we put on our plates. How can we put in place networks, relationships and structures which allow all of us to live healthy, active and productive lives?

This free, public presentation will address this challenge by posing two questions that resonate both locally and globally: what constitutes real “food security” and what can individuals, communities and institutions do to improve access to good, healthy food for all?

Presenters:

Kevin Morgan
Kevin Morgan is a Professor of Governance and Development at the School of City and Regional Planning at the University of Cardiff in the United Kingdom. One of his main research interests is sustainable food systems in developed and developing countries and within this theme he has a particular interest in the role of creative public procurement and food strategies that help to bridge the urban/rural divide. Click here to read more about Kevin's projects and publications related to food security.

Kristen Lowitt
Kristen is an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. student at Memorial University and is a member of the Community University Research for Recovery Alliance (CURRA) team. Kristen is the recipient of a SSHRC J.A. Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship and her Ph.D. research is on Community Food Security in the Bonne Bay region on the West coast of Newfoundland. Kristen has a background in local food projects and participatory food security research, exemplified by her most recent publication in Cuizine: The Journal of Canadian Food Cultures.

Kristie Jameson
Kristie is the Executive Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Food Security Network, a non-profit organization focusing on physical and economic access to healthy food. She also volunteers on the Board of Directors for the St. John's Farmers' Market. Ms. Jameson has considerable experience working with community food security initiatives, including a recent Community Food Assessment in Hopedale, the Community Garden Alliance in St. John's, and a small mixed livestock farm in Alberta.

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