Food Justice Affects Us All – RESETTING THE TABLE 2016

Considering Resetting the Table? School Grown will talk about young voices for food justice. There’s 50+ workshops and sessions to learn from – see more here:

Here are some of the sessions offered:

What's for lunch? Healthy School Food

Good Healthy Food Education for Learners of All Ages

Speaker TBC, FoodShare; Chad Duplessis, Eel Ground First Nation; Martine Carrière, Les ateliers cinq épices

Join FoodShare’s award-winning Field to Table Schools team, Eel Ground First Nation’s Healthy Body, Minds, Spirits program, and Les ateliers cinq épices program, for a super-fun, hands-on session highlighting some of the easiest ways you can build an appetite for healthy food and engage kids in important food issues. Participants will walk away with a head full of replicable ideas, a portfolio brimming with adaptable lesson plans and a stomach full of healthy snacks. Experience how good food education can be integrated into the curriculum, ticking boxes for teachers, parents and students alike.

Creating a Groundswell of Support for Healthy Kids

Coalition for Healthy School Food members; Alberta Food Matters; Martha Friendly, Childcare Resource and Research Unit

Across the country, people are advocating for increased investment in healthy food for children. Members of the Coalition for Healthy School Food are building public support to gain federal investment in a healthy school food program through public engagement campaigns such as the Great Big Crunch and the “Say Yes! to Good Food in Schools” messaging. Alberta Food Matters and its partners are advocating for the Alberta government to develop a Universal School Food Strategy. Childcare advocates are looking to ensure quality food becomes part of a quality childcare system. Join an interactive discussion on how we can collectively build public support to get more healthy food in schools and childcare facilities.

Food Justice Affects Us All

Young Voices Speaking Up for Food Justice Challenge Old Ideas

Melana Roberts, Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC); Juneeja Varhese, Rachel Levesque, Food Secure Canada (FSC) Youth Caucus; Sarah Archibald, FSC Youth Caucus/Meal Exchange; Alia Karim, TYFPC; Katie German, Orlando Lopez Gomez & Cali Wilson, FoodShare School Grown

Working from the perspective of youth who are often excluded from important policy discussions, this session will host a panel of youth (high school, post-secondary and young professionals) to discuss how they amplify youth voices through education on food policy and food-related issues, networking, engagement, and partnerships for collective impact. What are the innovative and diverse ways young people can engage in food issues and politics? This presentation will include concrete examples from FoodShare’s School Grown youth farming program, Meal Exchange’s campus driven food work, and TYFPC’s city-wide youth organizing. The presentations will be followed with an interactive Q&A and networking meet-and-greet for all attendees.

Food Sovereignty & Food Justice for Whom?

Jacqueline Dwyer, Black Farmers & Growers Collective; Workshop Facilitators: Jenelle Regnier-Davies, Centre for Immigrant and Community Services; Sabina  Ali, Thorncliffe Park Women’s Committee

This session will be a discussion about our lived experience as grassroots food justice and food security advocates. We recognize the presence of racialized systemic barriers to resources and funding for community food programming, and the impacts of the lack of adequate representation and cultural diversity within the ‘food movement’. Where do we go from here? Following the presentation, the session will open as a workshop to discuss food injustice in racialized and marginalized communities, and through this, collaborate and discuss tangible methods for mobilizing change.

Migrant Dreams: Food Justice and Citizenship in Canada

Min Sook Lee, Director of Migrant Dreams; Bill Fairbairn, Inter Pares; Chris Ramsaroop, Justice for Migrant Workers (J4MW)

The presence of foreign workers in Canada has grown due to the expansion of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Without public discourse and with little public scrutiny, Canada is becoming a nation of guest-workers. In 2002, there were approximately 100,000 foreign workers here. Within one decade, that number tripled to 300,000. They work in industries as varied as farming, mining, food processing, construction and restaurant services.This workforce doesn’t enjoy the same rights and privileges as Canadian workers and has few pathways to citizenship. The session will feature excerpts from “Migrant Dreams”, a powerful new documentary by award-winning director Min Sook Lee focusing on the undertold story of migrant agricultural workers in Canada, and will be followed by a discussion with Min Sook Lee and workers featured in the film.

Food Champions Meet-Up: Pursuing Food Justice Through Strengthening Food Networks

Rachel Gray, Toronto Food Policy Council/ The Stop CFC; Tara Pearson, Education Co-Lead Toronto Youth Food Policy Council; Tania Fernandes, Rexdale CHC

Are you committed to working toward strengthening local food systems in your community? Do you wish you had more resources, capacity and access to dynamic networks to advance your food work and food justice initiatives in your community? Join us for a discussion on how to address food justice issues by strengthening local food networks. Meet food champions from across Toronto’s dynamic food landscape and learn about the successes, challenges and opportunities to better integrate food justice principles in your food work. The session will facilitate a conversation on food justice principles, including tackling a dialogue around access to good food, inclusion in food work and organizing, and how to build alliances and collaborate across difference. Participants will also benefit from learnings  gathered as part of the Toronto Food Policy Council’s Food Champions Initiative, highlighting the development of city-wide priorities identified by local food champions.

Moving Grassroots Organizations Toward Health, Community and Good Food

Emily Van Halem, Community Food Centres Canada; Other speakers TBC

As the awareness grows about how food programs can act as a catalyst for community and individual change, many organizations are looking to deepen and broaden their work — be it offering healthier food, creating more leadership opportunities for community members, developing programs that inspire and inform people to make the best of the food choices within their reach or finding ways for community members to take action on systemic issues. Using a set of “Good Food Principles”, CFCC offers a framework for organizations to self-assess and set goals to move toward food programs that support health, equity, and dignity. This workshop will look at these principles, while also featuring two organizations that have been working to gradually shift the values and practices of their organizations — intentionally, incrementally and with relatively modest resources.

Local Food Economies: Procurement, Infrastructure, Hubs

Healthy Corner Stores in Canada: Improving Urban and Rural Food Access

Kristie Jameson, Food First NL; Catherine Mah, Memorial University, Food Policy Lab; Leia Minaker, University of Waterloo, Propel Centre for Population Health Impact; Speaker TBC, Food Matters Manitoba

Canada’s communities face varying diverse barriers to ensuring availability and accessibility of healthy food for residents. Yet many communities have a great, and often untapped, resource – the corner store. The Healthy Corner Store model works to create a strong business case for offering healthier options to local residents to better meet their needs, turning common perceptions of corner stores on their heads. Leaders of healthy retail initiatives across Canada will draw from Healthy Corner Store pilots in Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Manitoba, and research evidence from the UK, US, and Australia to introduce promising directions for both rural and urban settings. Participants will be engaged in hands-on, participatory activities to enhance their understanding of the retail food environment and strategies for designing healthy corner store interventions.

Turning on the Power – Starting Urban Farms in Hydro Corridors

Rhonda Teitel-Payne, Toronto Urban Growers;, Juneeja, Varghese, Malvern Family Resource Centre; Ryan Noble, North York Harvest Food Bank; Andrea Boucaud, Flemingdon Health Centre

Urban farms can be sites for reclaiming neighbourhood food sovereignty through community engagement and significant food production, but land access and enabling policies are a major challenge. Presenters will share how they established four urban farms in Hydro corridors with a focus on community economic development, including the ground-breaking collaborations formed, the points of resistance encountered and the tools for overcoming them. Participants will be able to discuss their own related experiences and potential projects.

Sustainable Food Businesses – What Does Policy Change Have to Do With It?

Andrew Heintzman, InvestEco; Paul Sawtell, 100km Foods; Lulu Cohen-Farnell, Real Food for Real Kids; others TBC

Many successful businesses are responding to the growing consumer demand for sustainable food and driving change in our food system. This panel will explore which policies, regulatory changes and incentives could foster greater innovation in businesses that deliver on the triple bottom line. How can we develop the infrastructure, markets and supply needed so that all Canadians can benefit from a thriving, sustainable local food economy?

Scaling Sustainable Local Food Systems Up and Out: the Potential of Institutional Procurement

Lori Stahlbrand, University of Toronto New College; Anita Abraham, Meal Exchange

Hear about exciting new developments in institutional procurement from Canada, the US and the UK. Find out how universities can and are playing a leading role in food-system transformation. Learn about the power of student engagement and leading models for collaboration between students, faculty, administration and food service, including Meal Exchange’s newest program, the Real Food Challenge. Sample local and sustainable food from U of T’s newly re-organized food-service department.

Food By Ward: Mapping Food Assets and Opportunities to Strengthen Local Food Economies in Toronto

Melana Roberts,Toronto Youth Food Policy Council; Rachel Gray, Toronto Food Policy Council

Learn about Toronto’s newest tool for advocacy and food policy development! Food By Ward: Food Assets and Opportunities in Toronto is food asset mapping tool that supports the development of strong local food economies, providing baseline information regarding existing food assets and opportunities across the city’s 44 wards. This interactive presentation explores how food mapping can be used to advance and guide community-led food priorities, engage city staff and Councillors in important food policy conversations, and increase the appetite for food in city planning. It also highlights the potential for food mapping in understanding issues of food access as they relate to poverty reduction initiatives, transit equity, and present opportunities to bridge gaps in access to food resources in Toronto. More than a planning resource, Food By Ward and the TFPC’s Food Champion initiative, are working to strengthen local food networks and build cohesion between local and city-wide food priorities.

Global Food System: Canadian Connections

Is Canada Back? Aid and Global Food Security

Paul Hagerman, Canadian Foodgrains Bank; Pierre Kadet, CARE Canada; Dr. Cecila Rocha, Centre for Studies in Food Security and School of Nutrition, Ryerson University; Dr. Huy Nguyendo, National Institute of Nutrition, Vietnam

Canada needs to increase its Aid spending and radically change the way it supports programs if it is to properly address hunger and poverty in the Global South. The Government of Canada has recently reviewed its Food Security Strategy. What does this Strategy contain? How will our Aid dollars be spent? Come learn about the new Strategy and participate in a candid discussion on how Canada can demonstrate global leadership in food and nutrition security, and climate resilience.

Agroecology IS Feeding the World

Eric Chaurette, Inter Pares (moderator); Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN); Martin Entz, University of Manitoba; Speaker TBC, Union paysanne; Bryan Dale, University of Toronto; Aric McBay, National Farmers Union (NFU), Terran Giacomini, University of Toronto/NFU; Farm leader from West African farm movement COPAGEN;  Speaker TBC, Farm leader from Deccan Development Society (India)

We are often told that industrial agriculture is needed to feed the world. Evidence shows the contrary. If we are to truly feed ourselves in a sustainable way and reduce our impact on climate change, we need to scale up agroecology and scale down industrial agriculture. Hear from farmers and researchers from Canada and the Global South about how agroecology and food sovereignty are building a just and sustainable food system. Find out about practical ways that you can support the growth of agroecology. Contribute ideas as to how food sovereignty and agroecology are key elements of a just transition to a fossil-free economy. Format: Fishbowl featuring farm leaders, researchers and thinkers from the Global South and Canada.

Global Perspectives on Sustainable City Region Food Systems

Steffanie Scott, University of Waterloo; Fiona Yeudall, Ryerson University; other speakers TBC

This sustainable city-region food systems panel explores two international collaborations. The Hungry Cities Partnership includes researchers and policy advocates from South Africa, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Mozambique and China. The research focuses on innovation in the informal food economy in the context of rapidly-growing cities and expanding food markets in the Global South. The Municipal Food Policies and Practices Project includes municipal, civil society and academic partners in Canada, Kenya, Netherlands and South Africa. The project has developed and tested training for municipal actors to build capacity and understanding of intersectoral food systems approaches, urban food production, food and nutrition security and waste management and resource recovery. In an increasingly urban and globalized world, we face common opportunities and challenges, in addition to unique contexts. Participants will have an opportunity to share their experiences and draw on examples from around the globe of actions for more sustainable food systems.

Making Zero Hunger Real (Part 1): Food Insecurity 101

Naomi Dachner, University of Toronto; Lynn McIntyre, University of Calgary; Anita Abraham, Meal Exchange; Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres Canada

A grounded understanding of food insecurity in Canada is necessary to effectively move forward on FSC’s commitment to zero hunger, while also pursuing the concomitant goals of healthy and safe food and sustainable food systems. Drawing on over 20 years of research, this session will present evidence-based fundamentals of food insecurity in Canada – how food insecurity is measured, the current prevalence and trends over time. What are the causes and consequences of food insecurity and how can it be addressed? Workshop participants will identify opportunities for advocacy around issues such as basic income in light of the existing evidence.

Making Zero Hunger Real (Part 2): Defining the Issues, Audiences and Tactics to Advance the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres Canada; Naomi Dachner, PROOF; Elaine Power, Basic Income Network

Making Zero Hunger Real (Part 2) is a participatory workshop to explore opportunities for the food movement to get organized to fight food insecurity, the tactics that might help us to advance them, and the audiences that should be targeted by any campaigns. We will explore a number of policy proposals that are gaining traction in Canada, including: a basic income guarantee (both provincial and federal); initiatives to address northern and Indigenous food security; the move toward a federal tax credit to incentivize a reduction in corporate food waste through donations to food charities; and indexing the child benefit to inflation. What can we do to insert ourselves in this conversation to ensure that the evolving policy initiatives serve the communities we work with?

Food Security and Social Justice Organizing Strategies

Yvonne Kelly, Freedom 90 Union of Food Bank and Emergency Meal Program Volunteers and Put Food in the Budget; Mike Balkwill, Put Food in the Budget; Kristine Carbis, Freedom 90

Emergency food provision through meal programs, soup lines and food banks were intended to be a short-term charitable response to assist people in times of hardship. After 30 years of emergency food provision only social justice organizing strategies will ensure that we move beyond charity.

This workshop outlines how social and economic injustice have created the perfect conditions for food insecurity to thrive in. Presenters will describe how charitable models that have become societal institutions serve to distract us from what is really needed to reduce growing levels of food insecurity – good jobs, adequate incomes and affordable housing. Speakers from Freedom 90 and Put Food in the Budget campaigns will present a strategy and facilitate discussion on how people involved as volunteers and staff in food security organizations can incorporate social justice organizing into their food security work.

Socially Innovative Practices at North American Food Banks

Trish Kelly, Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

In 2016, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, in partnership with Maple Leaf Foods, is undertaking a scan of socially innovative practices at food banks across North America. Join us for a panel conversation with some of the participants, as we explore the results and share best practices.

GM Food Labelling – What are the Possibilities and Limits?

Thibault Rehn, Vigilance OGM; Lucy Sharratt, CBAN

In this participatory workshop, we will break down the issue of labelling genetically modified (GM) foods and present the new Quebec campaign for labelling. For twenty years, 80% of Canadians have said they want GM food labelling – so why don’t we have it? Can we get it, and why do we want it? What would labeling achieve and what are its limitations? Join campaigners from across Canada to tackle the question of GM food labelling.

GMOs: Impacts and Risks in Canada

Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network; Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Thibault Rehn, Vigilance OGM

The latest cutting edge research on GMOs can be at your fingertips! The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) will break down what we now know about the impacts and risks of GMOs in Canada after 20 years. Join us for this chance to digest the most important results from CBAN’s year-long investigation called the GMO Inquiry. Get real and most relevant information on the impacts of GMOs for farmers, the environment, and our democracy. It’s time for an evaluation of GMOs – we’ve started it!

Resetting the Global Food System: the Food Trade Game

Randall Coleman, The Food Trade Game; Terri Rutty, The Food Trade Game.

The Food Trade Game (FTG) is a facilitation tool used to inspire change and raise group consciousness through experiential learning. The game simulates the global food supply chain that farmers and the industries that support them, navigate in our modern world. Participants represent actors in the global market such as small-holder farmers, seed companies, governments, and food processors. Each team plays to meet their own objectives while navigating an ever-changing landscape of laws, natural events, and new economic realities. The game demonstrates Canada’s role in treating food as a commodity and its connection with other countries through the dichotomy of free trade and fair trade.By experiencing the hardships, injustice, and environmental consequences of modern agriculture, participants take away a stronger commitment to make change based on their empathetic experience.

The Hand You’re Dealt: A Board Game About Food Insecurity in Nova Scotia

Patty Williams, FoodArc

Since 2002, the Food Action Research Centre (FoodARC) has been examining the affordability of a nutritious diet in Nova Scotia using Participatory Food Costing. FoodARC developed a board game called The Hand You’re Dealt to communicate our findings and focus responsibility for food security on policy-based solutions. The game has been played with family resource centres, food activists, student groups, high school classrooms, and health professionals, and has proven to be an incredible way to create empathy and challenge judgements about people facing food insecurity. In this workshop, you’ll play the game and discuss what it teaches us about how to communicate about food access in a way that captures people’s attention and transforms their perceptions. You’ll also try out some supplementary tools for facilitating group game play and debrief, and talk about how you might use scenario-based pedagogical and communication strategies in your own work.

The Power of Community Art Creates Public Awareness of the Food Movement

Heather Rigby, Land Over Landings

This presentation will review the history of a small community of individuals who actively came together using various forms of performance art, billboard, field art, and publications as resistance to activate a larger public awareness around a cause worth fighting for. It is vitally important to highlight the power of Community Art right now relative to the Pickering Federal Lands – prime farmland expropriated in 1972 for a never-built airport – still remain threatened by development. Yet the Lands offer a unique opportunity – a place to establish small farms producing all manner of fresh fruits and vegetables, raising livestock, and giving a start to those all-important young farmers who will be feeding us in the future. The Lands should be a source of local food for Toronto residents, reducing the current and unnecessary amount of long-distance transporting of food to our tables. A workshop will follow to explore ways in which individuals and organizations can highlight their cause through various art practice.


The True Cost of Food in Canada and Beyond

Brian Gilvesey, Executive Director, Alternative Land Use Systems (ALUS) James Hugues, Senior Social Innovation Fellow, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Cecilia Rocha, Professor, School of Nutrition, Ryerson University and member, IPES-Food Ruth Richardson, Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food Facilitator: Beth Hunter, Program Director, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation

This session focuses on theoretical and practical ways that true cost accounting is being applied to the externalities associated with agriculture and food systems. The objective of these efforts is to develop measures that portray the true costs and benefits of food, including externalities such as soil and biodiversity loss and health care impacts. Presentations will highlight a diversity of work on externalities, followed by a discussion about the need and potential to develop this work.


Research for/with Food Movements (Pecha Kucha-Like Presentations)

Charles Z. Levkoe, Lakehead University, Community First: Impacts of Community Engagement; Peggy Baillie and Sally Miller, Local Organic Food Co-ops Network; Doris Chow and Valerie Nicholson, Downtown Eastside Kitchen Tables, Potluck Cafe Society; Natalie Dyck, Edible Alchemy CoLaboratory; Tamara Cottle, University of Calgary; Melanie Kurrein, Provincial Health Services Authority, Karen Rideout, BC Centre for Disease Control, Shannon Majowicz and Kelsey Speed, University of Waterloo; Hannah Wittman, University of British Columbia.

This session brings together a range of new research conducted for and with food movements. Presenters are researchers and practitioners and come from a range of non-profit organizations, food networks and universities across Canada. Each pecha kucha-like presentation will share the big ideas from the research and a focus on how it matters for food movements. Topics include evaluating the role of value-added foods in regional food distribution, food recovery, fermentation, food waste, linking food safety and food security, farmer-led research, community consultations with food bank users and more. Following the presentations, we will invite questions and discussion.

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