April 19, 2015

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Guelph Organic Conference

34th Annual Guelph Organic Conference, Guelph Ontario.
January 29 - February 1
Visit CBAN at our table in the basement hallway!
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Speaker Series: The Co-operative Movement & Our Organic Food System

London, Ontario

7:00 - 9:00 PM. Monday nights.
January 26, February 9 and February 23, 2015
Free Admission
Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas Street E. London, Ontario
Presented by the London Food Co-op in partnership with CBAN and many more!
For more information: 519 679 0507

Sustainable Food Systems Dialogues

Museum Speaker Series Kitchener

Kitchener, Ontario
Every Sunday @ 1:30 until March!
The Museum, 10 King Street West, Kitchener
Free Admission
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What could be more important than feeding ourselves daily?
Do you ever wonder how food is grown in the farmlands around you? Perhaps you’re wondering what it means to be ‘organic’ and how you can afford it? What does it mean to be sustainable? Are genetically modified foods good for us and the environment that supports us?

Sunday February 1st
Moving Towards Food Sovereignty
Ann Slater, National Farmers Union
Description of Talk: An overview of the current situation of farms, farmers and agriculture in Ontario followed by a discussion of how we can all be part of the movement towards food sovereignty.

Sunday February 8th
Soils-Based Economies and the Future of Food
Jodi Koberinski, Member of Canada's Organic Value Chain Round Table
2015 is the UN Year of the Soils, a much neglected, abused life support system for our species. The conversation about food systems "sustainability" must dig deeper. New soils science tells us that our current paradigm of intensive monocultures and chemical based management systems will not carry our societies into the future. This talk will reflect the experience and learning of 15 years in the food systems sector.

Sunday February 8th
Food Democracy: Our Right to Know
Rachel Parent, Kids Right To Know
Rachel will speak about food safety for all Canadians, and the importance of working together as a global community to create more awareness about Genetically Modified foods by demanding and making mandatory GMO labelling a law in Canada.

Sunday February 15th
20 Years of GMOs: Promises and realities of GM crops in Canada and around the world
Taarini Chopra, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network
What have the past 20 years of having GMOs in our food system taught us? Are GM crops better for the environment? Are they better for consumers or farmers? Are they regulated well enough? We will explore the various impacts and risks that GM crops pose, and investigate who benefits from GM crops and who pays their costs.

and more!...Check here for full listings.

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Canadian Organic Growers Toronto Conference

Toronto, Ontario

Saturday, February 21, 2015
U of T Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto
Join a day of educational workshops including on GMOs from CBAN's Taarini Chopra!
Includes organic lunch!
Cost: Regular: $65 + HST, COG members (seniors and students): $55 + HST
Presented by the Canadian Organic Growers Toronto in partnership with The Big Carrot.

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"GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?" Check for screenings in your area and watch the trailer.

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: http://usc-canada.org/feedingtheworld/

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 genevieve@usc-canada.org.

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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