Canadian Association for Food Studies  2014 Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Food Studies 

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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.

 

Canadian Association for Food Studies 2014 
The Student Paper Award in Food Studies 

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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

Abstract: Both Vancouver, British Columbia, and Detroit, Michigan, have significant nascent urban agriculture movements. In this paper, I investigate how urban agriculture came to be seen as a sustainable solution to the very different problems faced by these two cities. I also ask how the local state has used urban agriculture in narratives of economic development or to selectively pursue an urban sustainability fix. To answer these questions, I first provide a brief history of local and urban agriculture in each city, tracing how the movements developed in cities with different climates, cultures, and economies. Then, I address the more recent roles urban agriculture has played in local governance, highlighting the politically polyvalent character of farming the city. I will argue that in both cities, urban agriculture could be understood as a Polanyian counter-movement to social inequalities under neoliberal governance, but has also recently been enrolled as a device by the local state through which sustainability planning is seen to enhance economic competitiveness.