Food Futures Lectures series: Going Local: Putting Ideas Into Practice

March 4, 2011 - 2:00am

A Lecture Presented by Jessie Radies & Nettie Wiebe

The cry "Go Local!" is increasingly heard today, with proponents pointing to numerous  benefits to a thriving local food system, including access to nutritious foods, support for local farmers, closer connections between producers and consumers, lower carbon footprint, and reduced dependency on volatile global agricultural markets. But great ideas are not always easily put into practice, and creating a local food system faces multiple challenges, as well as rewards. Hear from two leaders in the Canadian Local Foods Movement about their own experiences working to create sustainable local production and retailing industries here in our own backyard, and join us in discussions about how to deepen our relationships to the food we eat, and the farmers who produce it.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture by some of Edmonton's own excellent local foods enterprises.

About the Speakers

A self-proclaimed Foodie, Jessie Radies is owner of The Blue Pear Restaurant and founder of Keep Edmonton Original and Original Fare, both of which are dedicated to educating consumers on the benefit of shopping, eating and living locally and to giving small business owners strength in numbers. Jessie has held a variety of roles within the food chain including working in the restaurant industry for 25 years, some of which for multinational fast food companies.

Dr. Nettie Wiebe served as Women's President of the National Farmers Union from 1988-1994, and then as the NFU's first female President and CEO from 1995 to 1998. Dr. Wiebe played a key role in the founding and development of La Via Campesina, an international pleasants' movement with members from 69 countries. Presently, Dr. Wiebe is Professor of Church and Society at St. Andrew's College at the University of Saskatchewan, and NDP federal candidate for her riding. Her work has earned her the "Global Citizen of the Year Award" (1994) and the "Distinguished Canadian Award" (1999).

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Room 1 430, Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
University of Alberta (Saskatchewan Drive adjacent to Bio Sci Building)
Edmonton , AB