Cover image of Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways

FLEdGE gets poetic: Faris Ahmed’s Fractured Food Systems Blues

April 6, 2017

Last year the team behind FLEdGE released the book Nourishing Communities: From Fractured Food Systems to Transformative Pathways (Springer), which documents more than a decade of collaborative work by our network of scholars, community-based partners, and practitioners interested in constructing more sustainable and just food systems.

In November, Carleton University’s Faculty of Public Affairs hosted a discussion of the book at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa. Moe Garahan (Just Food Ottawa), Jay Garlough (Hidden Harvest Ottawa), and Faris Ahmed (USC Canada) commented on the book and discussed their own work in transforming food systems. One of the highlights of this engaging evening was Faris’ response to the book in the form of spoken word. It was so good, we went back to record it!

Below you will find Faris’ performance along with a brief interview about his work at USC. You can also find the entire audio on YouTube.

Food System Blues: A Spoken Word Poem by Faris Ahmed

Tommy Wall is an incoming graduate student in Carleton University’s Communication Studies program. He interviewed Faris, and produced and edited this piece.

Tommy’s Interview with Faris