Future of Food Global Dialogue and Webinar Series

Future of Food Dialogues: CSFS Associate Seminars and Webinar Series

Since 2020, the CSFS has pivoted to offer events online, allowing access to speakers and audiences across geographic borders.

Webinar Series

Our 2020 webinar series “Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond” featured many of the foremost food systems experts from UBC and across BC. The series focused on investigating the food system from all angles, creating a space to ask fundamental questions on how we can increase resiliency in the food system both during and after COVID-19. See webinar recordings below. Stay tuned for announcements about our upcoming 2021 series, generously sponsored by RBC Royal Bank.

CSFS Associate Seminars

These monthly seminars feature one of our CSFS Associates and their research. Ranging from all aspects of food systems research, our researchers’ investigations include: food insecurity, climate change adaptation, bees and pollinators, healthy soils, pest management, food safety, forestry, and more!

Monday, June 14, 2021 (2pm - 3pm PST)

CSFS Associate Seminar with Dr. Simone Castellarin || "Regulated Deficit Irrigation Strategies for Saving Irrigation Water in Vineyards"

Water management in vineyards is arguably one of the major issues that the wine industry is facing. Climate change is forecasted to make precipitations more erratic and to increase temperatures in many wine regions, making drought events more frequent in vineyards. Growers can apply regulated deficit irrigation strategies, consisting on providing sub-optimal irrigation levels to the vines, to save irrigation water and improve wine quality. Indeed, water deficit induces the accumulation of grape pigments and aromas, improving the quality of the derived wines. The development of deficit irrigation strategies may result in improved wine quality and more sustainable wine productions in British Columbia and worldwide.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (4pm - 5pm PST)

CSFS Associate Seminar with Dr. Kira Borden || "Adaptation and Mitigation: Dual Objectives for Addressing Climate Change in Diversified Agroecosystems"

Intentionally increasing the biological complexity of agroecosystems can enhance ecosystem function. In the context of climate change, this can mean adaptation to changing precipitation and temperature regimes and/or mitigation by sequestering and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. In this seminar, Dr. Borden will discuss how this happens ecologically in diversified agroecosystems and the nuances of assessing these processes for making management decisions. She will draw on examples from research on agroforests in Canada and Ghana. She will also look at new research from organic farming at UBC Farm.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 (12:30pm - 2:00 pm PST)

Take Nature as the Measure: The Search for Sustainability

Join us for a conversation between Wes Jackson, one of the founders of the sustainable agriculture movement, author Robert Jensen, as well as UBC professors Ramana and Hannah Wittman. In more than four decades as president of The Land Institute, Wes Jackson became widely known as one of the founders of the sustainable agriculture movement for his work on perennial grains and Natural Systems Agriculture. Learn about Jackson’s ideas to advance sustainable agriculture and the other dramatic changes necessary if we are to effectively address climate change and other ecological crises and create a sustainable and just society for all to thrive.

Friday, April 9, 2021 9:00am - 9:40am PST

Generating a more holistic understanding of the risks of pandemics, with Dr. Ivette Perfecto

On Friday, April 9th at 9:00 am PST, join Dr. Ivette Perfecto as she discusses the importance of integrating ecological, social, and political factors for generating a more holistic understanding of the risks of pandemics . This will be framed in the context of the Pandemic Research for the People, a working group of the Agroecology and Rural Economics Research Corps. This working group consists of academics, farmers, activists, who collectively take action to develop a critical analysis as well as agroecological alternatives to achieve healthy landscapes for the environment and for the people.

Thursday, February 11, 2021 (12:00pm - 1:00pm PST)

Finding Flowers: Examining Intersections of Art, Ecology and Pedagogy

Inspired by the late Mi'kmaq artist Mike MacDonald, the Finding Flowers project aims to build connections and knowledge about people, land and wildlife by bridging art and science. The loss of pollinators and native landscapes threatens the sustainability of natural ecosystems and the people connected to these natural processes. By focusing on wild pollinators and native plants, Profs Lisa Myers and Sheila Colla will discuss the project's commitment to understanding nature from diverse perspectives. Various activities of the project include the replanting of Mike MacDonald's Butterfly Gardens across Canada, pollination studies of culturally important medicinal plants, knowledge-sharing events and community science programming, coordinated by Research Associate, Dana Prieto.

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.

Our 2020 Webinar Series
Photo of the webinar speakers.

Reclaiming Food Sovereignty in Africa post-COVID-19

November 27, 2020, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Recording Here.

The Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond series was brought to you by the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (CSFS), the BC Food Web, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), and RBC Royal Bank.

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