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FLEdGE: Works Cited

March 2021

Select Publications from Fall 2020/Winter 2021

Academic Journal Articles

*Free-to-access journal articles

*Blay-Palmer, A., Santini, G., Halliday, J., Malec, R., Carey, J., Keller, L., Ni, J., Taguchi, M., & van Veenhuizen, R. (2021). City Region Food Systems: Building Resilience to COVID-19 and Other Shocks. Sustainability, 13(3), 1325. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13031325

*Clark, J.K., Lowitt, K., Levkoe, C.Z., & Andrée, P. (2020). The Power to Convene: Making Sense of the Power of Food Movement Organizations in Governance Processes in the Global North. Agriculture Food and Human Values, 1-17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10460-020-10146-1

*Johnston, C., & Spring, A. (2021). Grassroots and Global Governance: Can Global–Local Linkages Foster Food System Resilience for Small Northern Canadian Communities? Sustainability, 13(4), 2415. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13042415

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Handpicked Podcast Launches Second Season to Celebrate International Women’s Day 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, Handpicked: Stories from the Field launched its second season with an episode focused on women’s experiences with urban agriculture in Quito, Ecuador. The episode, titled “I Can Seed Something Here, I Have Land”: Intersectionality, Urban Agriculture, and Community Benefit in Quito, Ecuador” features series co-producer, Laine Young in conversation with Alexandra Rodriguez from Agricultura Urbana Participativa, AGRUPAR about urban agriculture projects that are address food insecurity and improving people’s lives by creating more a sustainable food system in Quito, Ecuador.

Using an intersectional lens, Laine and Alexandra look at the positive community-wide impacts of women’s involvement in participatory urban agriculture projects and consider how women’s lived experience is impacted by race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and other factors. Alexandra shares her experience working on the project as well as examples of how AGRUPAR is finding local solutions to the unique challenges facing Quito’s food system. “For me, urban agriculture has been an opportunity to empower women and young people,” says Alexandra. “It’s a way to recover knowledge and respect this knowledge. It has been an opportunity for women to be free, to find a better way of life.”

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity: Developing the Local Economies of Food in Kakisa, NWT

Drawn logo: Two evergreen trees are parallel with a sun, potato, and water droplet containing a fish between them. The brown trunks extend down and become two hands touching below the water droplet. To the left of the trees is a green bush with red berries. To the right of the trees is a caribou. Above the logo is the text: Ka'a'gee Tu First Nation. Below the logo is the text: Wilfrid Laurier University.

Position Details

Location: The successful candidate will work remotely with opportunity to travel to NWT during the summer/fall (dependent on public health guidelines and pending approval)
Application Deadline: March 11, 2021
Contract Type: Full time
Contract Length: One year, with opportunity for extension
Start Date: Flexible, but no later than July 1, 2021
Salary Information: Negotiable, starting at $40,000 CAD

Description of Position: 

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at Wilfrid Laurier University is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow to support its food systems research in the Northwest Territories.  This position is a one-year contract and is subject to approval of a Mitacs Accelerate grant.

The successful candidate will work with the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation in the small community of Kakisa, Northwest Territories. Residents of Kakisa rely predominantly on the traditional food system, harvesting, fishing and gathering of traditional foods from the lands and waters of the surrounding lakes and rivers of the boreal forest. The community has a long-standing relationship with Dr. Andrew Spring and his team of researchers at Wilfrid Laurier University. Together they respond to community-identified questions and concerns about changes to the land due to climate change and its impact on the food system, food security, and overall community health. Kakisa is currently prioritizing growing food and small-scale agriculture as key areas of research and action.

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Opening Up Food Data: How Open Data Standards can support the growth of thriving local food systems

WEBINAR March 9th, 11am-12:30pm EST

Presented by Open Food Network Canada and the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, this webinar will feature open source technologists and sustainable food systems researchers discussing the role that data consortiums and open data standards can play in driving the transition to more equitable, sustainable, and efficient local food systems. 

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Happy Holidays from FLEdGE

In a year like no other, we’d like to take a moment to thank your for your continued interest in and support of the FLEdGE research network. We are delighted to continue to share the excellent work of our Canadian and international research collaborations through our FLEdGE Newsletter, Twitter, and our Resources and Results webpage.

From all of us at FLEdGE, we wish you a very happy and restful holiday season and hope that the New Year brings you health, joy, and good, sustainable food.

Happy Holidays!

Supportive policy environments key to regional food system resilience—collaboration, innovation already happening in communities

By Dr. Irena Knezevic, Carleton University

The networking and knowledge-sharing aspect of FLEdGE is an essential part of how the FLEdGE team thinks about research and community engagement. In the past, we held big in-person meetings that were informative and convivial. That was not possible this year. Instead, we decided that a webinar series would be a great opportunity to share our research, but also a chance to engage a broader audience. The series centres on the FLEdGE Good Food Principles and is an opportunity for the many FLEdGE partners and collaborators to share their experiences and outcomes. Moderating the first in the Good Food Solutions by FLEdGE webinar series was both humbling and inspiring, and I was thrilled to help guide the discussion. The webinar, “Shaping Food Policies for Resilient Regions,” took place on October 30th and featured tremendous expertise from panelists Sandra Mark (Small-Scale Food Processors Association), Anna-Liisa Aunio (Dawson College), Anne Marie Aubert (C-SAM), and Johanna Wilkes (Balsillie School of International Affairs).

The Good Food Solutions by FLEdGE webinar series centres on the FLEdGE Good Food Principles and is an opportunity for the many FLEdGE partners and collaborators to share their experiences and outcomes.

Johanna Wilkes began the webinar by providing an overview of various municipal food policy initiatives across Canada and arguing that local work is “a site of reform” – food policies at a local level are more sensitive to context, easier to adopt and adapt, and can have more immediate impact than higher-level policy. Collectively, they add up to a veritable pathway to food systems transformation at regional, provincial, national, and international levels. Local scale allows policy, food businesses and organizations to be more nimble, innovative, and adaptable, which are traits that are becoming even more visible and more important this year with the COVID-19-related disruptions. Johanna called for sound regional and sectoral planning, integrated with the policy efforts required for true systems’ change. She also noted that food policy councils are a useful tool as they “are a nexus between global and local [and] can be collaborative, strategic, and engage with citizens in meaningful ways.” Moreover, food policy councils create channels for information sharing and serve as valuable examples that can inform action at various scales of governance.

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Survey finds COVID-19 has Canadians asking for better food systems and food access

FLEdGE researchers participate in inter-provincial project to assess the impact of the pandemic on food security, behaviour, and food system understanding

KPU PRESS RELEASE PUBLISHED: MON, DEC 14, 2020

Shopping anxiety, higher food prices and individual income limitations are some of the factors making access to food challenging for Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study suggests.

Researchers conducted an online inter-provincial survey with residents of B.C., Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic provinces during the first wave of COVID-19. The survey assessed how the pandemic affected food access and behaviour in each region and how perceptions regarding the food systems may have been altered.

The study revealed that while most Canadians have not found it difficult to access food during the pandemic, many consumers are worried about shopping in grocery stores. In Quebec, about one in five respondents said their income was too limited or food was too expensive, and 15 per cent said they were too worried or anxious to go out and purchase food. For respondents in Ontario and Alberta, anxiety about going out to purchase food was the biggest limiting factor (28 per cent), while limited income or food being too expensive was an issue for 21 per cent of Albertan and 18 per cent of Ontarian respondents.

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