From Farm to Table: An Exploration of the Links in the Agri-food Chain
This event will take place on both the 3rd of June and the 17th of June 2013.
Description: At the end of World War II, approximately one-third of Canadians lived on farms. In 2012, less than 3% of Canadians make up the country’s farm families, and less than one-third of those produce most of what we eat. Society has become detached from the production of its ‘daily bread’ but is reinvigorating its interest in the question of “What’s for dinner?” in an era dominated by headlines of e.coli, genetic modification and corporate dominance of food processing and distribution. This session will interest those who want to know more about the historical roots of food production in Canada, the future of the family farm and global food security (part one). This will segue into the question of “Where did that food on my dinner plate come from?”, as well as some of the options they can exercise as individuals to control and influence their food choices, including an examination of the possibilities of producing more of their own produce (part two).
Facilitator: Hugh Maynard is a consulting specialist and owner of Qu’anglo Communications & Consulting, an enterprise with a focus on communications, strategic planning and development initiatives for agricultural and rural communities.