GEOG/ENST 4007 (Special Topics in Geography & Environmental Studies)
Core Objectives of Localizing Food Systems Field Course
- To develop a deeper understanding of localizing food systems, using the Ottawa “foodshed” (eastern Ontario/ western Québec) as a case study;
- To understand the challenges and opportunities associated with local food systems;
- To experience various components of a food system, with a focus on community based initiatives;
- To perceive the social innovations and physical infrastructure required to build a just and vibrant sustainable local food system;
- To understand how discourses of local and sustainable and justice are invoked by different actors, and to what ends;
- To delineate between related concepts of food security, food sovereignty, and food justice;
- To explore the challenges faced by small- and medium-scale local producers; and,
- To consider global social movements present in Ottawa.
This class is a hybrid of compulsory field trips and seminars. Three compulsory regional field trips took place in the early fall: September 15, September 29, and October 13. (Transportation provided.) There was also 4 x 3-hour seminars: September 11, October 30, November 13, and November 27.