Deadline for nominations for the award for EXCELLENCE in food studies research extended to March 1st 2015

The purpose of the Award for Excellence in Food Studies Research is to recognize CAFS members for outstanding research contributions that have had a significant impact in the field of food studies.

To nominate someone, please submit the following elements:

  • A cover letter from the principal nominator detailing the member’s contributions to substantive areas of research and/or theory and other qualifications for the award
  • The nominee’s current CV
  • Two or three letters of support (at least one from a CAFS member)
  • Up to three samples of the nominee’s research (optional)

Send all nominations to, to be forwarded to the CAFS Awards Committee Chair.

Deadline for nominations: March 1, 2015

deadline extended to january 21 for proposals for Conference presentations in french

The deadline for the acceptance of conference proposals has been extended to the end of the day on January 21st, 2015. The extension applies only to submissions for presentations in French. The extension applies only to proposals for individual paper presentations, pecha kucha-like presentations, interactive sessions and thematic paper sessions. The competition for conference presentations in English has now closed. Please visit to make a submission.

La date limite pour les soumissions de communications en français a été reportée au 21 janvier, 2015. Cette nouvelle date limite s’applique aux présentations individuelles conventionnelles et de type Pecha Kucha, de panels interactifs et de panels de communications thématiques. L’appel aux communications pour les soumissions en anglais est déjà fermé. Pour de plus amples informations et pour soumettre une proposition, s’il vous plaît visitez

“What if?” symposium

Check out our submissions webpage to submit a proposal for the “What IF?” Symposium!

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CAFS 10th Annual Assembly Call for Proposals is now accepting submissions!

CAFS’ 10th Annual Assembly: Capital Ideas – Nourishing Debates, Minds and Bodies, will be held from May 30 – June 2nd at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, in association with the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. We will be accepting submissions via our website. Please visit this link for more information and to submit a proposal.

We warmly welcome submissions from students, faculty, community researchers and all others engaged in food studies research.

Deadline for submissions: January 5th, 2015
Deadline for awards nominations: February 1st, 2015
Deadline for Exploration Gallery proposals: March 15th, 2015 


Please circulate widely through your networks!


Thursday October 16th, 2014 is World Food Day!

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations celebrates World Food Day every year on the anniversary of the organization’s founding: October 16th. Its objectives include raising awareness of, and strengthening international solidarity in the struggle against, hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The year 2014 has been designated the “International Year of Family Farming” by the UN General Assembly and the World Food Day theme for 2014 is “Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth”. 

Check out these links for more information:

World Food Day Webpage, FAO

Canadian World Food Day Events Map, Food Secure Canada

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Welcome to Lisa Ohberg, our new CAFS administrator!

Lisa is a PhD candidate studying local food systems at the University of Guelph.
For all general communications with the Canadian Association for Food Studies you can reach Lisa at cafsadmin (at) foodstudies (dot) ca

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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.


Canadian Association for Food Studies 2014
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

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.