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In memoriam: Marielle Dubbeling (1968-2019)

As a member of the RUAF Global Partnership, it is with great sadness that we share this with you.

On 23rd of October, Marielle Dubbeling passed away peacefully at her home in France, following a long battle with cancer. Her husband, Guido, was at her side.

She is remembered by many people, all over the world, as a unique individual; a spiritual person of integrity and uncompromising values; an influential thinker; a supportive and stimulating colleague and tutor; a steadfast leader; and, above all, a friend.

Marielle’s passing leaves a great void. We have opened an online book of condolences, where we invite colleagues and friends to share their tributes, emotions and memories:

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FLEdGE: Works Cited

October 2019

Select Publications from Summer/Fall 2019

Anderson, M. (2019). The Importance of Vision in Food System Transformation. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development9(A), 1-6.

Andrée, P., Bitterman, K. Meter, K. & Livingstone, L. (2019). The Future of Farming in Hastings County. Retrieved from

Ballamingie, P., Poitevin-DesRivières, C., & Knezevic, I. (2019). Hidden Harvest’s Transformative Potential: An Example of ’Community Economy’. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development9(A), 1-15.

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In the Room Where It Happens

October 2019

By Catherine Mah

With the writs issued, we are now headlong into a federal election. The fair and robust participation of many stakeholders, sectors, and voices is needed in Canada’s 43rd Parliament. It is also needed to create healthy and sustainable food systems for all. Policy participation is central to the FLEdGE Good Food Principles.

American political scientist E. E. Schattschneider, in his 1960s classic, The Semisovereign People, proposed that the ‘scope of conflict’ was central to determining political outcomes. Who is involved and who should be involved in solving societal problems? How can we make important issues and conflicts visible? In Schattschneider’s formulation, the heart of the struggle was the ongoing privatization (narrowing) and socialization (broadening) of the scope of conflict. Those who would seek to resolve issues with as little conflict as possible would attempt to narrow the scope. Democratic processes, and public involvement, can enlarge the scope of conflict.

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BOOK REVIEW – Civilization Critical: Energy, Food, Nature, and the Future

September 2019

Review by Irena Knezevic

You probably don’t know all the facts that Darrin Qualman discusses in Civilization Critical, but even if you did, you should still read the book for its powerful synthesis of those facts. The book’s central argument is that contemporary human lifestyles rely on linear economies. We extract, consume and dispose of goods at unprecedented rates, growing the landfills and ocean dead zones. The myth of “dematerialized” information economy falls apart given the evidence that despite the growth in non-material commerce (be it services or apps) humanity’s consumption of material goods and energy continues to increase. This global “petro-industrial consumerist civilization” (p. 1) or eCivilization, to use Qualman’s shorthand, is headed for disaster. “Linear civilizations are terminal” he writes (p. 59).

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Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship

September 2019

Su Morin was a fearless fighter for food justice. No battle was too small, and every pollinator plant and every heirloom vegetable counted on the journey to better food and better communities. Her boundless knowledge and generous sharing of seeds and seedlings leave a legacy in many gardens throughout Ontario and Nova Scotia. This legacy is extended through the many students who had Su as a mentor and who absorbed her contagious love for seeds and nature. Her past work with the Canadian Organic Growers and Seeds of Diversity made her known in food justice circles across Canada. More recently, Su worked with the Ecology Action Centre in Nova Scotia where she further influenced colleagues and students with her passion for community gardens, seed saving, and community food security.

In the spirit of Su, a travel and research scholarship in the amount of $500 is being offered to fourth year undergraduate and graduate students for research and/or travel expenses. To apply for this award, please submit a 250-word essay describing how you will use the funding and how this contributes to food justice. Please send your submission to Irena Knezevic at: including ‘Su Morin Food Justice Scholarship’ in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2019 with a decision by mid-January 2020.​

Everyone at the Table: A National Food Policy for Canada

August 2019

By Maggie Mills

On June 17, 2019, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced the first-ever national food policy for Canada in Montreal, Quebec. FLEdGE researcher, Patricia Ballamingie, was one of roughly 50 in attendance for the announcement, in which Bibeau framed the policy in the context of working towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which seek to end hunger, promote good health, cut food waste and encourage a sustainable food system. The policy comes after years of extensive engagement with the public and other stakeholders.

Six priority areas for the next five years were discussed at the press release, including:

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