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 Melanie Kuxdorf, Communications Coordinator 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 Webinar Series, “Building a Resilient Food System During COVID-19 and Beyond.”

Monday, December 7, 2020 (3pm - 4pm PST)

Nature’s Weapon Against Bacterial Pathogens: Bacteriophages and Their Applications in Agri-Food

Due to rising concerns associated with antibiotic-resistant pathogens, there are rekindled interests in using bacteriophages due to benefits such as their unique self-replication ability, lack of negative sensory effects and nontoxicity to humans. In this presentation, we will discuss about the past, present and future of bacteriophages. The focus will be on our current research work on using bacteriophages to tackle various food safety and security issues in British Columbia in collaboration with stakeholders from the Agri-Food community.

Friday, November 27 (9am - 10:30am PST)

Reclaiming Food Sovereignty in Africa post-Covid-19

In this panel, speakers will discuss the status of food sovereignty in Africa prior to and emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, as local communities seek to reclaim and rebuild their food systems following border closures and critical levels of food insecurity. Speakers will discuss topics related to valuing and strengthening Indigenous food systems, improving food and nutritional security, and seed sovereignty. Sponsored by CSFS and the Liu Institute Network for Africa.

Every 2nd Week, May 28 - November 27, 2021

Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond

This webinar series features many of the foremost food systems experts from UBC and across BC, brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), the BC Food Web, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), and the Royal Bank of Canada.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 (12:30pm -2:00pm PST)

Navigating Open Learning Modules: It’s not just “Just Food”

The pandemic and international racial injustices have heightened the need and urgency for educators and organizers to embed topics related to equity, justice and anti-oppression into their courses and teachings, to increase individuals’ capacities to engage with these topics, but many are unsure how to do this. The Just Food project explores social justice issues by employing food as a pedagogical tool to connect theoretical understandings and terminology to elements of the day-to-day. While these modules were developed in the post-secondary setting, they have wide applicability across sectors.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Emerging Technologies for Enhancing Food Quality, Nutrition and Public Health with Anubhav Pratap Singh

The evolving outlook of public perception towards food, nutrition and health has inspired the development of technology to produce and process food in a sustainable way. The presentation focuses on three major sectors of technological evolution in the Canadian context.

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.