Oct. 10: Infant food insecurity in Canada: The breastfeeding paradox, politics of infant food charity, and second-hand baby food environments with Lesley Frank
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Liu Institute for Global Issues – Multipurpose Room, 6476 NW Marine Drive.
Join us for Infant food insecurity in Canada: The breastfeeding paradox, politics of infant food charity, and second-hand baby food environments with Lesley Frank, Associate Professor of Sociology, Acadia University.
Dr. Lesley Frank is an Associate Professor of Sociology from Acadia University and a Visiting Associate professor in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems. In this talk, Dr. Frank will share insights from a number of her projects on Infant Food Insecurity in Canada. She will describe several key issues related to the topic, such as the relationship between household food insecurity and breastfeeding outcomes, the threats to breastfeeding in a sustainable food system, the challenges of finding formula when infant feeding politics trumps infants’ right to food, and the resulting quest for infant food in the second-hand goods economy on-line. Collectively these issues reveal serious problems of unequal food access, potential food risk, and food inequities that are unique to families and infants in food insecure households.
Dr. Frank researches primarily in the areas of child and family poverty, food insecurity, infant feeding, and social welfare policy. Dr. Frank is a leading emerging scholar in the area of infant food insecurity in Canada with research published in the Journal of Food, Culture and Society, Food and Foodways, Canadian Food Studies Journal, and Canadian Medical Association Journal.
This event is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.