Getting to Local: Challenges and Opportunities on the Path to Food System Transformation
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | The re-localization of food systems is often put forward as a strategy to address a wide range of problems—from climate change issues to the disconnect between farmers and consumers. However, local food initiatives have also been critiqued for focusing too much on geography, while overlooking important social and environmental considerations. In this talk, Bryan Dale will discuss research that he has been undertaking in the Canadian context that analyzes opportunities to invigorate local food economies from a social and environmental-justice perspective. He will discuss food sovereignty and agroecology, and explore how these concepts can be put into action in practical ways—from food hubs and cooperatives to social movement organizing.
Dr. Bryan Dale is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environment and Geography at Bishop's University, which is located on the territory of the Abenaki people, in Sherbrooke, Quebec. His research broadly focuses on food sovereignty and agroecology, and the politics associated with expanding more socially just and sustainable food systems. He has a particular interest in solutions geared toward localizing food economies in ways that will reduce inequalities, support farmer livelihoods, and mitigate climate change. Dale has published in various academic journals, and is an active non-farmer member of Canada’s National Farmers Union (NFU) and Quebec’s Union Paysanne.