Going Local: Participating in Community Food Systems

April 16, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Our globalized food system means a trip to the supermarket can fulfill almost any food craving — lamb from New Zealand, lemons from South Africa, watermelons from Mexico. But what is the cost to local economies and the environment? 

Learn about the many benefits of local food systems from University of Alberta professor Debra Davidson. Find out what it means to actively participate in community food systems, and how shortening the distance from food producer to consumer makes eating local more than just a trend.


Debra J. Davidson is a professor of environmental sociology at the University of Alberta, where her key areas of teaching and research include impacts and adaptation to climate change, and crises and transitions in energy and agri-food systems. She is president of the research committee on environment and society in the International Sociological Association, and she was a lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change’s fifth assessment report. Davidson’s work is featured in several journals, including Science, Nature, Global Environmental Change, British Journal of Sociology and International Sociology. She is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Energy and Society and Environment and Society: Concepts and Challenges, and co-author of Challenging Legitimacy at the Precipice of Energy Calamity


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