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Trent University Students to Host Community Movements Conference 2009:  Food Sovereignty and the Changing Face of Agriculture from February 6 to 8


Thursday, January 29, 2009, Peterborough

The Trent University Students’ Association in International Development invites all those interested in global food issues to attend the Community Movements Conference 2009: Food Sovereignty and the Changing Face of Agriculture, from February 6 to 8 at Sadlier House.

This year's conference will explore the roots of the current global food crisis and the growing movement of farmers, consumers, and their allies to take back control of their food system.  This event will give students, farmers, activists, academics and community members a chance to share their knowledge and strategies with one another about these urgent issues.

Throughout the weekend, participants will have an opportunity to take part in a range of workshops, discussions and presentations to explore the food sovereignty movement and the workings of the global food system. Special guests will include:

  • Dr. Tony Weis, University of Western Ontario – Keynote address: “The (Not-So) Sudden Crisis of the Global Food Economy”
  • Dr. Rene Van Acker, University of Guelph – “The Evolution of Canadian Agriculture: From Green Revolution to Multifunctionality”
  • Paula Anderson, Peterborough Green Up and instructor at Trent University – “Participatory Workshop: How do we take action?”
  • Ian Giesbrecht, Trent student  - Participatory Workshop: “Sprouting and self-sufficient home food production”

Sadleir House is located at 751 George Street North, Peterborough. Registration is $20 for waged participants and $15 for students, however, participants will not be excluded on the basis of cost.  All community members are welcome to come to the free keynote address by Dr. Weis on Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. at Trent University in Gzowski College, Room 114.


For more information, contact:

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips, conference organizer
Tel: (705) 761-7587
Email: communitymovementsconference@gmail.com