Less than two weeks remain until local producers, school food advocates, retailers, researchers, policy makers and practitioners from across the province will come together at Cultivating Connections Forum 2017 (#CC2017). The forum aims to inspire systems-based solutions for an economically vibrant, ecologically sound, and socially just food system within Alberta.
Food justice is a critical topic for discussion and collaboration, and a key theme interwoven throughout the Cultivating Connections forum. Important questions will be addressed including what can we do together to help build national, provincial, and municipal food policies? How do we take back control of our food system (food sovereignty)? How do you move from knowing what needs to be done to making things happen?
In their book Food Justice, Gottlieb and Joshi note that, “Food justice, seeks to ensure that the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed and eaten are shared fairly. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system, including but not limited to eliminating disparities and inequities.”
The forum will provide space to share and discuss innovative, successful ways to engage the community in contributing to regional/local food systems in the province. Panel members from a number of organizations including Food4Good, Alex Community Food Centre, Food Secure Canada, and the Edmonton Permaculture Guild will share successes, best practices, challenges and how they’ve overcome them. The panel discussions will provide opportunities to identify policy solutions to how food justice can be improved upon in Alberta.
Four concurrent sessions on February 4th will delve into underlying topics of food justice including: food access, animation, activism, and capacity building. View the Cultivating Connections program to learn more about the sessions and panelists! We hope you’ll join us for this inspiring gathering and contribute your voice to the conversation.
Register for the forum and purchase your tickets today, by visiting the Cultivating Connections Website.