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EVENT | Shifting Ground: Transitioning to Diversified, Agroecological Food Systems with Emile Frison

Why we need a transition to diversified, agroecological food systems and how to get there.

Title: Public Forum - Shifting ground - Image: an animated image of a farm field. the field is bisected by a white diagonal line. On the left of that line the farm field has one type of crop in it, drawn as two alternating colours of green that are tractor lines. on the right of the line, there are trees, many more colours of crops shown by different shades of green tractor lines, little puffs of varying shades of green laid out in lines like on a farm. there are four tall city buildings in the background.

This event has passed. If you weren't able to make it or know of anyone who wished they could have been there (or you simply want to relive the action) a video recording is posted here. There was also a live conversation on Twitter. You can see how it all went down here. Enjoy! 

Scroll down the page to view each presenter's slides, and to check out our list of resources related to the Shifting Ground public forum.

Tuesday, June 6 @ 7:00 PM
University of Ottawa | Faculty of Social Sciences Rm FSS1007

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Emile Frison | From Uniformity to Diversity: A Paradigm Shift from Industrial Agriculture to Diversified Agroecological Systems (Click to view his slides in English and French)

Pratap Shrestha | Agroecology in Practice: Lessons in Resilience, Conservation, and Innovation from Farmers Fields

Diana Bronson | Enabling the Transition: What Can We Do in Canada? (Click to view her slides)

Moderator | Marie-Josee Massicotte, Professor of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Today's industrial food and farming systems have succeeded in supplying large volumes of foods to global markets. Yet, they are increasingly creating problems on multiple fronts: widespread degradation of land, pollution and destruction of ecosystems and waters, and biodiversity loss – even as hunger and malnutrition persist in alarming numbers.

Worldwide, the agriculture and food system is responsible for one third of our greenhouse gas emissions. In Canada, conventional agriculture alone is responsible for 11-13 per cent of GHG emissions. Meanwhile, ecological agriculture approaches around the world have proven that they can increase biodiversity, strengthen ecosystem resilience, reduce and sequester carbon, and improve both food security and farm livelihood.

Come hear Emile Frison, former Director General of Bioversity International, who has held senior positions in international agricultural and food security organizations. Dr. Frison is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, and lead author of the recent report "From Uniformity to Diversity" that outlines a rationale and path for a transition to multi-functional, diversified agroecological systems. He will share his perspectives on why this shift is needed and how we can get there.

Joining the discussion will be Dr. Pratap Shrestha (USC Canada's senior specialist in seed and agricultural systems) and Diana Bronson (Food Secure Canada's Executive Director).

This event is hosted by USC Canada, and co-sponsored by SUCO, Development & Peace, Inter Pares, Carleton University, University of Ottawa, Food Security Policy Group and Food Secure Canada.

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