This is the first webinar of the Sustainable Food Systems series. This introduction to the Sustainable Food Systems series will explore the definitions, motivations and ideas behind the development of the theory and practice of Sustainable Food Systems. Where did the idea originate? What are we trying to impact or change and how do we measure both current status and improvements. Our community presenter will give an example of a food systems approach to a regional food system. She will share various insights and principles that have become evident as the community enacted the Sustainable Food Systems process.
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Joan Brady is a farmer, business person, and community volunteer. She has always worked in her community in various capacities all of which seem to center around food and its production, distribution, accessibility and use. Over the past 30 years, she has developed a broad base of expertise in the agriculture and food industry and has recently begun a consulting business: Sustainable Futures: Farm and Food Consulting. She works to educate and activate communities around food security, food system development and policy initiatives. She currently operates an intensive market garden, selling her product directly at a number of farmers' markets and occasionally the farm gate. She also works with a national farm organization at a political level to affect change for farm families.
Steffanie Scott is past co-chair of the Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable. She is in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo and is president of the Canadian Association for Food Studies. Her recent research focuses on agro-food system sustainability, alternative food networks, and the organic agriculture sector in China. She was co-author of a 2012 report, Taking regional action? Understanding networks in the local food, green energy and creative sectors in Waterloo region.