Agriculture Student Association Go Ag event
28 March 2013 - 28 March 2013
Start Time:1:30 PM End Time: 4:30 PM
Date of Occurrence(s): Thursday, March 28, 2013
Scheduled Campus, Building & Room Number(s): AB ABB 121
Speaker: Wendy Holm
CONTENT: "Where did your last meal come from? Food, farming and public policy..."
"Local food" is a trendy phrase, but without Canadian farmers to provide food to our cities, food security is off the table. We "get" this as Canadians, but do we really understand what it means? Treating farmers like dirt undermines our future. It will take years to fully understand the effects of Ottawa's dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board. In the media today, right wing pundits with more ink than think are quick to offer up Canada's supply management policies on the alter of yet another trade "deal". Meanwhile, foreign investors are buying up vast tracts of Canadian farmland. What does this mean for food sovereignty, food security, food safety and food sustainability? How can we rescue our future as a food sovereign nation?
BIOGRAPHY: Wendy Holm is an award-winning Canadian Agrologist, columnist, author and professional speaker. Her outspoken columns in defense of Canada's farmers and sustainable public policy for our farm sector have won her seven national journalism awards since 2002. Wendy holds an honours B.Sc. in Business Administration (Long Island University, 1970), an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics (UBC, 1974) and is currently a third-year honours Graduate Student in the Master of Management, Cooperatives and Credit Unions program, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Halifax. Editor and contributing author of the book Water and Free Trade (1988), Wendy was named a Distinguished Alumni of UBC in 2008, received two Queen's Medals for her "contribution to community" and was named Agrologist of the Year 2000. For 7 years, as a UBC lecturer, Wendy has brought students to Cuba for 3 weeks in May to study sustainable agriculture. In the past 15 years, she has taken 32 Delegations of Canadian farmers to Cuba and has raised over $200,000 to support an award-winning cooperative dairy project. More recently, Wendy has been supporting Cuba in its move to a cooperative economy. Wendy also served for 10 years as an elected Director of Vancity. In 2008, Wendy was the Western Canada recipient of Farm Credit Canada's Rosemary Davis Award for passion and commitment to farming.
UFV Agriculture Department