by Lori Stahlbrand, New College Food Equity Coordinator

squash, maize and beans

Just days before Canadians went to the polls to elect a new government on October 19th, 2015, New College held its World Food Days conference on the theme of “Food and Canada’s Future”. This annual event celebrates the U.N.-designated World Food Day on October 16th. Juxtaposing the election with World Food Day provided an opportunity to discuss food and equity issues as engaging and relevant public policy issues, and to better understand how food and equity intersect.

Events included a two-part panel on “Food, Equity and Indigeneity” and an all-candidates debate and dialogue on food as an election issue. The busy week also featured the launch of the University of Toronto Food Policy Council – the first university-based food policy council in the world.

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Peter Francis, Elspeth Mathau and Daniel Jubas-Malz from Bug-Bites, one of the student groups at the “Home Is Where The Spoon Is” lunch, serving their chocolate chip cricket cookies.

Peter Francis, Elspeth Mathau and Daniel Jubas-Malz from Bug-Bites, one of the student groups at the “Home Is Where The Spoon Is” lunch, serving their chocolate chip cricket cookies.