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As this summer came to a close, many of us were beginning to see welcome glimmers of a global economic recovery. The world’s financial crisis, however, may not be the biggest crisis of this decade. With more than a billion people living in hunger and the alarming effects of climate change further threatening depleting food supplies, experts have every reason to predict that the global food crisis will get much deeper.
The Global Politics of Food was the theme of this August’s prestigious conference of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs in Orillia, ON. Monsanto Canada, Maple Leaf Foods, McDonalds, and Loblaws were all invited to present their views, along with the World Bank and members of the financial, agricultural, and academic communities. And so was USC Canada.
For the closing forum – a look at the future of food – USC Executive Director Susan Walsh delivered a clear and compelling case for a vision of a transformed global food system: an ecologically sensitive, resilient, and healthy approach to feeding the world, building on the often overlooked knowledge of so many small scale farmers around the planet. Watch her presentation, or read it here (pdf).
This video was filmed by Alroy Fonseca (AFF) & Ryan Davies / Dawghaus Studios. Used with permission of the Couchiching Institute on Public Affairs (CIPA, Copyright 2009). For more information on CIPA, visit couch.ca.