An Agrifood Policy for Canada: A Recipe for Food Justice: Call for Submissions for the 2018 Thought for Food Interdisciplinary Conference


In the Spring of 2017, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (AAFC) Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the federal government will introduce legislation to create the first ever Food Policy for Canada. This sparked an intensive summer of consultations with various stakeholders scrambling to offer their input on what such a food policy should resemble when it is tabled in the Spring of 2018. However, it remains unclear if these consultations have provided the necessary conditions for designing and implementing a national-level food policy which can foster just and sustainable food systems–or whether such national policy is desirable at all!

The 2018 Thought for Food Conference offers a day to step back from the haste of advocating for such a policy to think critically about its context, components, objectives, potential implications, and alternatives. This bilingual, student-led conference will take place on March 17, 2018 at the University of Ottawa. We welcome a range of submissions, from traditional academic papers to PechaKucha, posters sessions and works of art, from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as community-based researchers.

Please submit an abstract in French, English, or bilingual (500 words maximum) by December 5, 2017. Make sure to include a title, your name, affiliations, email address, a short description and prefered format (Pecha Kucha, conventional panel…) of your communication, as well as a few keywords in a word document. All research and relevant experiences related to food or agri-food systems are welcome.


Themes of special interest this year may include:


  • Policy Options: Determining What We Want in a National Food Policy

  • Food & Federalism: Understanding the National-Territorial/Provincial-Municipal Dynamics of Food Policy

  • Canada’s National Food Policy: Friend or Foe of Indigenous Food Sovereignty and Security

  • Globalized Gluttony: Challenges in Confronting International Agri-Food Systems

  • Farmers Feed Cities: Addressing the Urban-Rural Gap in Canada

  • Food Policy for Whom? The Power of Finance & Industry in Canada’s Food Systems

  • Good Things Grow: Supporting Local Production in an Export-Driven Sector

  • Ecologies of Scale: Better to Act Locally or Nationally for Sustainable Outcomes?

  • Food Labour: Struggles of Precarious Work, New Farmers, & Migrant Labour

  • Bare Cupboards: Addressing Food Access in Urban, Rural, & Remote Communities

  • Culture & Communities: Accommodating Diverse Food Needs & Practices

  • Education: Informing Healthy Eaters Across the Country

  • Beyond the State: Alternatives to a National Food Policy


Abstracts should be sent by December 5th to:


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