Future of Food Global Dialogue Series

Future of Food Global Dialogue Series

The UBC Future of Food Global Dialogue Series is a campus-wide initiative bringing together food security and sustainability experts from across the university and the globe to regularly engage the UBC community and the public around the Global Food System.

The series uses various formats to foster discussion, such as dialogue circles, seminars, panel discussions, performances, photo exhibitions, and film screenings. Topics include climate change, food security, biodiversity, social justice, culture, and policy.

We invite you to consider collaborating with us or to suggest ideas for topics and speakers. If your team is planning to host speakers next year who may be a fit for our series, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Jessica Latus, Special Projects Manager with the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm. For past events, check out the Future of Food Dialogue Series catalogue.

Click here for more information about our Summer Webinar Series, “Building a Resilient Food System During COVID-19 and Beyond.”

Friday, September 18, 2020

Dismantling and Rebuilding the Food System after COVID-19: The 5Ds of Redistribution

Join experts Dr. Charlotte Coté, Dr. Ernesto Méndez, Dr. Sieglinde Snapp, Dr. Mary Hendrickson, and Dr. Neva Hassanein in discussing redistributive policy tools towards the “5D of Redistribution”: Decolonization, Decarbonization, Diversification, Democratization, and Decommodification.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

The Right to Eat: Tackling Racism & Inequality in the Food System

From seasonal migrant workers producing food in unsafe working conditions to Black and Indigenous communities struggling to afford their next meal, COVID-19 has laid bare the foundational inequalities in Canada’s food system. Join our panel of expert academics and community organizers for a discussion on the racial inequalities that exist in our food system, and the systemic changes required to ensure just, sovereign, and reliable food access for all.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Farmers: Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

From labour shortages to supply chain delays, COVID-19 has ushered in a host of new challenges for B.C. farmers. How are farmers responding to the day-to-day disruptions caused by pandemic? Join Nadia Mori, Eric Gerbrandt, and Leo Quik as they explore the lessons learned by farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Eating Close to Home: Fostering the Local Food System During COVID-19

As COVID-19 outbreaks and restaurant closures have exposed the fragility of the industrial food system, local food producers are stepping in to pick up the slack. Join Éliane Verret-Fournier, Emma Bryce, and Dr. Lenore Newman as they share their reflections on how we can seize the moment to call for a more localized, resilient, and sustainable food system.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Essential Labour, Essential Lives: Migrant Agricultural Workers and COVID-19

If migrant labour is essential, why not migrant lives? Join Min Sook Lee, Anelyse Weiler and organizers with Fuerza Migrante for an exploration of the barriers facing migrant workers, and the protections that are required to ensure their health, safety and dignity.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Webinar: The Role of Innovation in Building a Food-Secure Future

Join Dr. Rickey Yada, Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Dr. Anubhav Pratap Singh, UBC Food and Beverage Innovation Professor, and Dr. Peter Dhillon, CEO Richberry Group of Companies, as they discuss how Canada can plan for a more food-secure future and ensure Canada is able to withstand future pandemics.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Webinar Series: A Food System in Crisis: Climate Change, COVID-19, and Opportunities for Change

Join Dr. Sean Smukler, Dr. Kent Mullinix, and Dr. Kirsten Hannam as they discuss their research and perspectives on preparing and strengthening BC agriculture for food system resilience and climate change adaptation.