December 6, 2016

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Agriculture in a changing economic, environmental and societal climate

Thursday Nov. 24, 2016 7:00 PM, Saskatoon

NFU Convention 2016

Agriculture in a changing economic, environmental and societal climate: our path to a sustainable food system future, Kent Mullinix, Keynote Speaker. A free public event as part of the National Farmers Union Convention

Kent Mullinix is dedicated to revitalizing family-based agriculture and farming communities while advancing food and farming systems that embody environmental stewardship, social equity, justice and economic viability. As Director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in BC, he leads a multidisciplinary team that promotes sustainable food and farming systems through applied research and extension. He focuses on realizing the potential of re-regionalized agriculture and food systems, and considers how they can help farmers and communities meet the challenges of our changing climate.

What is the future of genetic engineering?

Guelph, Ontario, January 27, Friday, 7:30-9:30
The opening panel to the Guelph Organic Conference - the public can register ($15)

  • Lucy Sharratt – Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (Ottawa)
  • Rene Van Acker, PhD – crop-weed ecologist and Dean, Ontario Agriculture College (Guelph)
  • Jonathan Latham, PhD - biologist, biopolitical theorist, and editor of Independent Science News (Ithaca, New York)
  • Dianne Dowling – organic dairy farmer and president of the NFU Local 316 (Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox-Addington)

It has been twenty years since the first genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) crops and foods were approved in Canada and the US. What do the next twenty years hold? What are the latest developments and what will the technology mean next for farmers, food and our environment?

How to Feed 9 Billion on a Small Planet: Webcast!

Growing evidence shows that agroecology WILL feed the world. "Business as usual" will NOT!
View the event here:

Featuring: Miguel Altieri (University of California, Berkeley) a world leading authority on agroecology - will speak on ecological agriculture as a key solution to food insecurity, hunger, and climate change. He'll be joined by panelists:

  • Jean-Martin Fortier, farmer and author of The Market Gardener,
  • Sarah Archibald, Campus Food Systems Project Coordinator, and
  • Henry Lickers, Environmental Science Officer, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.
  • Bob Carty, former top CBC radio journalist, will moderate the webcast.

For more information, please contact

This event is organized by USC Canada, Inter Pares, Food Secure Canada, School of International Development and Global Studies, Sierra Youth Coalition, Meal Exchange, ETC Group, CBAN, Ram's Horn, National Farmers Union, and Development and Peace.

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