Drawing on her twenty years of research on food security, food systems, and alternative food movements in Canada, in this webinar Dr. Wakefield describes how food activism in Canada has evolved over time. The first half of the seminar will focus on how activist organizations have come to recognise that attention to downstream effects (such as hunger) can draw attention away from how our food system is embedded in relations of exploitation. This realization can be seen in the shift away from food security as an organizing principle, and towards food justice and food sovereignty activism.
The second half of the seminar will explore food practices and activism(s) in Canada, including the experiences of the audience. This section will highlight the potential of a wide variety of actions in creating sustainable and just food systems, but will also draw out critiques of “alternative” food organizing as reinforcing rather than challenging existing power structures. Ultimately, Dr. Wakefield suggests that engaging in food-related participatory action can be a powerful learning tool.