Canadian Association for Food Studies 2014 Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Food Studies
Brewster and Cathleen Kneen have had a tremendous impact on food organizing and scholarship in Canada, directly in their significant bodies of work and indirectly in the way they have inspired so many food activists and scholars. They have a little bit of everything that we can associate with what makes Canada unique: immigrant roots, diversity, caring for community, love of nature and fine beer. They have “a lot of” one thing that distinguishes them from the most, however: it is their passion for social justice, a sustainable and just world, a healthy and safe food system. Brewster and Cathleen have been an inspiration to many of us in academia and civil society organizations with their admirable research contributions. The Ram’s Horn that has passed its 300th issue has been the effort of a two person publishing house. Since 1980, month after month, Ram’s Horn provided its readers with fine analysis, critical thinking and hard to find facts seeking ways to reach a just and sustainable food system. What is so striking about the work of Kneens is their clear-eyed analysis that is grounded in foundational values that place the good of communities (people and place) always at the centre. This perspective is complemented by their deep understanding of food systems at all scales, developed over years of farming , research, public speaking and community organizing across Canada and around the World. Brewster and Cathleen will always have a special place in the history of food movement in Canada for their hard work in community organizing, commitment to local democracy, fighting for social justice and commitment to research for public good. Among many other leadership roles, Brewster was involved in the early days of the Toronto Food Policy Council and Cathleen led the BC Food Systems Network and later Food Secure Canada. Their determination and dedication have made a difference for us all.
The Student Paper Award in Food Studies
Samuel Walker, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Program in Planning, University of Toronto
Paper Title: Urban Agriculture and the Local Sustainability Fix in Vancouver and Detroit