The State of Food Security: Dispatches from the Field
A Speakers Panel & Event hosted by SEE Change Magazine
Sponsored by: Whole Foods Market
What challenges stand in the way of food security today? What is being done to tackle them
Join us for an insightful and compelling discussion with renowned Canadian changemakers working in the field. They’ll share their efforts and challenges in establishing sustainable food systems, educating farmers, influencing policy and promoting healthier and safer foods for the 4 million Canadians – and millions of others around the world – who lack food security today.
Debbie Field, Executive Director of FoodShare Toronto since 1992, she helped build it into Canada’s largest food security organization. Believing food can strengthen communities and bring people together, she created one of Canada’s first healthy lunch programs, later developing many successful school food and food literacy programs. Debbie has been credited with numerous awards recognizing her commitment to social justice, food security and student nutrition.
Michael Sacco, Founder/Owner of ChocoSol Traders that produces organic, artisanal chocolate using cacao beans sourced directly from indigenous communities and forest gardens in Mexico with whom they’re engaged in unique trade relationships. They use compostable and reusable packaging, produce their own soil through worm composting and conduct 80% of their deliveries on bike.
Vanessa Ling Yu, Founder of FoodSpokes and caterToronto, who brings over 15 years of expertise across community food systems in areas of food security, food justice, and food-related entrepreneurship.
Gavin Dandy, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Everdale, where he’s worked since 1996 as a farmer and educator specializing in the training of a new generation of ecological farmers and the re-vitalization of local food economies. Gavin is currently focusing on the development of Everdale’s newest teaching farm, Black Creek Community Farm, located in Toronto’s Jane-Finch neighbourhood.
Moderator: Elisa Birnbaum, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, SEE Change Magazine
Where: CSI Annex, The Garage
When: February 3, 2015
Time: 6 to 9PM