HSS on Food

HSS on FOOD is a faculty-wide program, funded by the Vice President Academic’s Fund for Scholarship in the Arts and the Office of Public Engagement, examining food issues through the lens of the social sciences and humanities.


Sept. 19, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. , SN 4087

Food Security and the Food System in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Presented by Kristie Jameson of Food First NL. Kristie is dedicated to addressing complex societal issues through community empowerment and action, supporting programs that have a significant impact on peoples' lives. Kristie currently does this as the Executive Director of the Food First NL, a provincial non-profit organization that aims to ensure access to adequate, healthy food for all in Newfoundland and Labrador. Under Kristie's leadership, Food First NL has grown into a dynamic organization with a network of over 2,700 organizations and individuals, has raised the public profile of food security the Province, and has supported community programs to improve access to healthy food. Kristie also sits on the Advisory Board for the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development, the Advisory Board for Farm to Cafeteria Canada, and is a founder and co-chair for the St. John’s Food Policy Council. Kristie has a passion for good food and loves cooking and eating with friends, family, and colleagues. She holds a Baccalaureate of Commerce with Honours from the University of Guelph, and is an alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (2015).

Sept. 22, 7 - 9 p.m., IIC 2001 

Trade and the Sustainability Challenge for Global Food Governance

It is widely understood that global food security requires more sustainable food systems. At the same time, governments have pushed for greater trade liberalization in the food sector as a means to promote food security. In this context, it is important to consider how the norms of environmental sustainability and trade liberalization interact with one another in global food governance arrangements. In this talk, Jennifer Clapp argues that trade and sustainability are often presented as mutually supportive goals in global food governance initiatives, but that the rationale for this linkage is weak on a number of fronts. She shows that despite the weaknesses of presenting these norms as mutually supportive, they continue to be linked in policy arenas for a variety of interrelated reasons.

Jennifer Clapp is a Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability and Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. She has published widely on the global governance of problems that arise at the intersection of the global economy, the environment, and food security. Her most recent books include Hunger in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid (Cornell University Press, 2012), Food (Polity, 2012) and Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance (co-edited with Doris Fuchs, MIT Press, 2009).

Sept. 23, 10 - 11:30 a.m., AA 5014

Agri-Food Corporations

An informal discussion by Jennifer Clapp.

Oct. 20 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Foran Room City Hall

A panel followed by a workshop on local/regional food policy. The workshop will focus on questiosn of equitable access and gentrified alternative food systems. Panelists include Dr. Sean Cadigan (history) Dr. Charles Mather (geography) Ms. Emily Doyle (health) and Mr. Tomás Sanguinetti (Geography).

Supported by the Quick Start Fund, Office of Public Engagement and  organized in collaboration with the St. John’s Farmers’ Market and Food First NL.



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