Future of Food Global Dialogue and Webinar Series

Future of Food Dialogue and Webinar Series

Webinar Series: Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond

Our webinar series features many of the foremost food systems experts from UBC and across BC. The series focuses 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.

Upcoming and recent events:

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

Diversified Agro-Ecosystem Research Cluster Symposium

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.

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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.

Explore and watch our webinars from 2020:

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Reclaiming Food Sovereignty in Africa post-COVID-19

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

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The Building Resilient Food Systems During COVID-19 and Beyond series is 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. This webinar series focuses on answering fundamental questions about the resiliency of our food system during and beyond COVID-19.



Sponsor logos for the BC Food Web, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, RBC Royal Bank, and the UBC Farm.

About the 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 – with a current focus on webinars. 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.