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From Farm to Table: An Exploration of the Links in the Agri-Food Chain

Date and Time: Tuesdays, October 14 – December 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Cost: $215
Come with a Friend: $185
McGill Students: $108
McGill Staff/Alumni: $172
Drop in for one session: $49

Space is limited so register now.

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 all the way through to the future of the family farm and global food security. Stops along the 8-part learning journey will include such questions as “Where did that food on my dinner plate come from?”, as well as some of the options you can exercise as individuals to control and influence your food choices.

Tuesday October 14: The Historical Roots of Food Production in Canada
A review of the evolution of farming: how the agri-food landscape we have today came to be.

Tuesday October 21: The Future of the Family Farm
The number of farmers in Canada has shrunk by two-thirds in 65 years, with no decrease in sight; is there a future for family farms?

Tuesday October 28: Earth, Wind & Fire
We will consider our relationship with, and the basics of, the natural resources which produce food: sunshine, soil, water, and nutrients.

Tuesday November 4: Synthetic Inputs: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Modern agriculture is built upon fossil fuel consumption, synthetic inputs and genetic manipulation; how much longer can this go on?

Tuesday November 11: Sustainable Agriculture: can we go organic and still feed the world?
What are the alternatives to conventional agricultural production?

Tuesday November 18: The Agri-Food chain
Understanding how consumerism and food processors are fashioning what and how we eat, and how this affects what and how we produce. Where does ‘local food’ fit into the equation?

Tuesday November 25: Global Food Security
With another 3 billion mouths to feed in the next few decades, can we feed the world without destroying the environment?

Tuesday December 2: A Chicken in Every Back Yard
An examination of the potential and possibilities of producing more of your own food: what’s realistic and what isn’t.


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. A graduate in farm management from Macdonald College, McGill University, he previously worked as Executive Director of the Quebec Farmers’ Association and is an award-winning agricultural communicator with over 20 years of experience including presenting weekly on the “Farm Panel” for CBC-Montreal's Radio Noon program. Hugh is also Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Farm Writer's Federation (CFWF) and the past International Director for the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in agricultural, natural resource and human and life sciences. In April 1999 he became a Fellow of LEAD Canada (Leadership in Environment and Development), following completion of a two-year professional development program. He also represented Canada as part of a 5-country delegation from LEAD International at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development session on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development in April 2000. In the course of his professional activities Hugh has traveled extensively across Canada and the U.S., as well as to Central America, Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China, South Korea, Senegal, Gambia and South Africa.

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The following Cancellation Policy applies:
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Full refund 
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

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