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Creating a National Food Policy - Insights from the Canadian experience

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D17 Charles Perkins Centre

The University of Sydney

Sydney, NSW 2006

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In Canada, household food insecurity is at a record high, affecting four million people including a disproportionate number of female-headed single-parent families, children, seniors, Aboriginal people and new immigrants. Two-thirds of all children do not eat enough vegetables and fruits, and rates of obesity and diabetes continue to climb. Meanwhile, 80 per cent of farmers plan to retire in the next 10 years, and their potential replacements face major challenges accessing land and capital. Further, Canadian agri-business seeks to grow its exports, but an export orientation has hindered regional food economies. Finally, dominant food production systems exacerbate short- and long-term environmental degradation of renewable resources, deplete non-renewable fossil fuels and contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Can these complex challenges be addressed in an integrated way through a comprehensive ‘national food policy’?

Prof. Andrée will discuss Canada’s effort to establish A Food Policy for Canada (2015-2019), looking at the factors and forces that influenced its creation and the initial outcomes of that process, including the creation of a new governance mechanisms. Prof. Andrée was deeply involved in processes that informed the policy’s creation and will share insights from those experiences.

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Peter Andrée teaches and advises in the department of political science, the department of geography and environmental studies and the institute of political economy, all at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to being at Carleton, he was based in the School of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne. Prof Andrée’s research focuses on the politics of food and the environment. He practices, and teaches, community-based participatory research methods. Among other publications, Prof. Andrée is co-editor of Civil Society and Social Movements in Food System Governance (Routledge, 2019), co-editor of Globalization and Food Sovereignty: Global and Local Change in the New Politics of Food (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and author of Genetically Modified Diplomacy (University of British Columbia Press, 2007).

Seminar Sponsors: CPC Food Governance Node and Menzies Centre for Health Policy

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