Food for Thought

Food for Though Public Lecture Series, Macdonald Campus, McGill University

September - November, 19h00-20h00 EDT

Our annual Food for Thought Public Lecture Series is entering its 23rd season of bringing timely science topics to the community: our neighbours, alumni, students, staff and faculty!

We are happy to be back in person on Macdonald Campus for this year’s lecture series. To accommodate all of our audience members and in an abundance of caution, all lectures will also be streamed online.

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This year's theme:
“The Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Dignified lives for billions on a finite planet”

September 7, 2022
Building Community from Indigenous Food Security

Presented in conjunction with the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series

Raven SwampThe 2022 A. Jean de Grandpré Lecture welcomed Raven Swamp, Turtle Clan of Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Greenhouse Facilitator at Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa and the co-founder of the grassroots initiative the Kahnawà:ke Community Garden. She will be presenting her talk entitled “Building Community from Indigenous Food Security”. The session was moderated by Dr. Murray Humphries from the department of Natural Resource Sciences.


September 21, 2022
Food Sovereignty: Promoting Indigenous Food systems and well-being

Speaker: Dr Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition and Associate Director, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & EnvironmentSpeaker: Dr Treena Wasonti:io Delormier, Associate Professor, School of Human Nutrition and Associate Director, Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition & Environment
Dr Delormier is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake Territory, Canada. She holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in nutrition from McGill University, PhD in Public Health (Health Promotion) from Université de Montréal and is a registered dietitian. She has been involved in the Kahnawake Schools Diabetes Prevention Project and is a member on the International Union of Nutrition Sciences Task Force on Traditional, Indigenous and Cultural Food and Nutrition. Her research focuses on food, nutrition and health, indigenous and social perspectives of food, indigenous and qualitative research methodologies, public health and health promotion, food security, and traditional food systems.

October 5, 2022
Connecting the dots for a sustainable healthy diet culture: The role of an industry-consumer nexus

Dr Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Integrated Food and Bioprocess Engineering Program, Bioresource Engineering DepartmentSpeaker: Dr Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Integrated Food and Bioprocess Engineering Program, Bioresource Engineering Department
Ebenezer Miezah Kwofie is an assistant professor and co-director of the Integrated Food and Bioprocess Engineering Program at the Bioresource Engineering Department, McGill University. He received the 2021 Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Macdonald Campus, McGill University. Dr Kwofie’s research explores the dynamics and trade-offs of environmental, economic, and product-process quality to address food system sustainability and resilience. His current research focuses on industrial eco-efficiency optimization through life cycle sustainability assessments; circular bioeconomy pathways analysis; and consumer-focused decision support systems for promoting sustainable and healthy food choices.

October 17, 2022

World Food Day in collaboration with the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security presents:

Repositioning Communication in Food and Nutrition Security

Denyse Mariella Johnston, Development Communication Consultant

Speaker: Denyse Mariella Johnston, Development Communication Consultant

Denyse Mariella Johnston, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, has been involved in development communication throughout the English-speaking Caribbean for over 30 years. She trained in general agriculture and agriculture extension at the University of the West Indies before going on the develop communication skills in England at Ian Macdonald and Associates, rural development at the University of Reading in England, and strategic communication planning at Malmö University in Sweden. Her interest in development has led her to expand beyond agriculture into the education, health and nutrition sectors. Denyse has worked with national, regional and international organizations helping to facilitate communication among scientists and with various stakeholders, including food producers and processors, donors and government officials responsible for policy development. She believes that well-planned, strategic communication is a key ingredient in the success of any development initiative.

Presentation Synopsis

Communication is often an afterthought in development projects. This seemingly simple omission can have a substantial impact on success outcomes. However, greater relevance, efficiency and effectiveness can be achieved by recognising the fundamental role of communication and repositioning it as an integral component of planning, development and implementation. Denyse Mariella Johnston will explore food and nutrition security in 2022, and how a communication perspective can facilitate efforts to address hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition.

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November 2, 2022, 19h00 - 20h00 EDT
Regenerative Agriculture and Water

Speaker: Dr Caroline Begg, Faculty Lecturer, Plant ScienceSpeaker: Dr Caroline Begg, Faculty Lecturer, Plant Science

Caroline Begg, PhD, is a Faculty Lecturer in Plant Science (McGill), Director of Internship (FMT) and co-director of the Barbados Interdisciplinary Tropical Studies program. Caroline conducts research on food security in the West Island and on ecological agriculture practices focusing on soil health, microbes and crops and their interactions with the environment. Caroline has received awards for teaching courses both at the degree and the college level. She also supervises 10-15 undergraduate projects per year. She is a steering committee member for the Margaret A. Gilliam Institute for Global Food Security (McGill). She is a mentor to the Macdonald Student-Run Ecological Garden (MSEG). Caroline is president of the Marché Ste Anne, co-founder and vice president of École-O-Champ and president of Neighbourhood Farm Schools in BC.

November 16, 2022, 19h00-20h00 EDT
Farmer decision-making at the food-energy-water nexus

Mary DoidgeSpeaker: Dr Mary Doidge, Assistant Professor, Agricultural Economics

Mary Doidge is an assistant professor of agricultural economics at McGill's Macdonald Campus. Dr. Doidge’s research examines farmer decision-making in the context of land use, crop insurance, conservation, and climate change adaptation behaviour. She also conducts research on the role of information in promoting sustainable decisions at the consumer level. She is interested in farmers’ on-farm economic decisions in the face of risk and uncertainty, and how insights from other social sciences can be applied to the study of agricultural economics.


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