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- DescriptionContemporary Canadian agricultural and food policies are contributing to the current global food crisis: the industrialized, high-input, export-driven agricultural production sector, coupled with concentrated corporate processing and retailing, are ecologically unsustainable, increasingly unaffordable, unhealthy and socially unjust. Employing an interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral approach, Food Sovereignty in Canada explores how communities all over the country are actively engaged in implementing alternative agricultural and food models within the framework of food sovereignty taking control over food-producing resources, markets and agricultural policy. This framework offers Canadian citizens, researchers and policymakers the opportunity to build alternative agricultural and food models that are less environmentally damaging and that keep farmers on the land while ensuring that those living in cities have access to healthy and safe food. Achieving food sovereignty requires conceptual and practical changes, reshaping menus, farming, communities, relationships, values and policy, but, as the authors clearly demonstrate, the urgent work of building food sovereignty in Canada is well under way. In case studies of practical action, Food Sovereignty in Canada provides an analysis of indigeus food sovereignty, orderly marketing, community gardens, the political engagement of nutritionists, experiences with urban agriculture and the strengthening of links between rural and urban communities. It also highlights policy-related challenges to building community-based agriculture and food systems that are ecologically sustainable and socially just. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in holistic, healthy and sustainable food production and consumption.
- Author BiographyHannah Wittman is an assistant professor of sociology and Latin American studies at Simon Fraser University. She conducts collaborative research on local food systems, farmer networks, and agrarian citizenship in British Columbia and in Latin America with Brazil's Landless Rural Workers Movement and La Via Campesina. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. They are the coauthors of Food Sovereignty: Reconnecting Food, Nature, and Community. Annette Aurelie Desmarais is a former farmer and an associate professor in the International Studies Program at the University of Regina. She is the author of La Via Campesina. She lives in Regina, Saskatchewan. Nettie Wiebe is an organic farmer and a professor of ethics at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan. She is the former women's president of the National Farmers Union--the first and only woman to have led a national farmers' organization in Canada--as well as a member of La Via Campesina's International Coordinating Commission. She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
- PublisherFernwood Publishing Co Ltd
- Date of Publication12/01/2012
- SubjectCultural Studies
- Place of PublicationBlack Point, Nova Scotia
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintFernwood Publishing Co Ltd
- Weight318 g
- Width152 mm
- Height227 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Edited byAnnette Aurelie Desmarais,Hannah Wittman,Nettie Wiebe
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