News Release

REF NO.: 208

SUBJECT: Food security expert to present at Memorial

DATE: May 28, 2010

The Harris Centre invites the public to a free Memorial Presents event, What’s for Dinner? Building a Healthy, Reliable Food Supply for Newfoundland and Labrador.
This event will feature international food security expert Kevin Morgan, a professor of Regional Development at Cardiff University in Wales.
Local panelists will include Kristie Jameson of the Newfoundland and Labrador Food Security Network, and Memorial PhD student, Kristen Lowitt.
When: June 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: EN-2006, Engineering Building, Memorial University
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?
About 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. His publications include scholarly works (Worlds of Food: Place, Power and Provenance in the Food Chain, Oxford University Press, 2006; and The School Food Revolution: Public Food and the Challenge of Sustainable Development, Earthscan, 2010) and policy works (like the new Welsh Food Strategy and a report for the World Food Program on a new home grown model of school feeding).

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