Deconstructing Dinner: Future of Food in the Kootenays Conference


10 Dec 2007
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In November 2007, Deconstructing Dinner attended one of the first regional food security conferences ever held in Canada. With a population of less than 10,000 people, the City of Nelson, British Columbia, hosted over 250 people for the first evening of keynote speakers. With an equally impressive 170 in attendance on the second day of keynote speakers and workshops, the conference acts as an example for other communities wishing to begin organizing themselves to take greater control over the food available to them.

Deconstructing Dinner hopes the raw recordings, shows, and resources presented on this page will aid groups in Canada and throughout the world looking to ensure a socially and environmentally responsible local food system that benefits local economies.

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Shows - stay tuned for more

Part I: Overcoming Denial - December 6, 2007
Part II: Rebuilding Local Food Systems - December 13, 2007
Part III: Workshops - February 7, 2008

Raw Recordings & Presentations

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

John Dooley Mayor, City of Nelson - Welcome Address

Nadine Steele & Andre Piver Future of Food Conference Collaborative - Introductions

Justin Roller (Vancouver) Fuel Cell Engineer, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation, National Research Council Canada - "Canada and the Coming Energy Transition"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (16:00) | PDF Presentation

Richard Balfour (Vancouver) Architect, Director of Metro Vancouver Planning Commission, Director New City Institute - "The West Kootenay, Facing a Much Changed Future"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (32:37)| PDF Presentation

Ione Smith (Vancouver) Special Projects Coordinator, SmartGrowth BC - "Planning for Food: Smarter Growth for Farmland Protection"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (26:45) | PPT Presentation

George Penfold (Castlegar) Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development, West Kootenay/Boundary Region, Selkirk College - "Planning for Local Agriculture"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (13:56) | PPT Presentation

Herb Barbolet (Vancouver) Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University. Co-Founder of FarmFolk/CityFolk - "Real Food for Now and the Future"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (32:25 | PPT Presentation

Q&A Evening Session

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Marilyn James - Sinixt Nation Spokesperson - "Welcome"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (2:55) Due to technical difficulties, the first half of this recording is not included.

Abra Brynne (Salmo) Founding Member of the BC Food Systems Network - "Food Citizenship"

Jon Steinman (Nelson) Deconstructing Dinner CJLY - "Update on the 100-Mile Diet Challenge and Results of Community Food Matters Forum"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (25:27) | PPT Presentation

Don Low (Creston) Agricultural Economist, BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands - "Local Food Production. Can We Afford It?"
DOWNLOAD | STREAM (20:22) | PPT Presentation

Q&A Daytime Session

Alex Atamanenko - MP for BC Southern Interior, NDP Agriculture Critic - "Welcome"

Workshops - stay tuned for more:

Technical Aspects of Farming: labour, gene pool, seeds, storage, processing, education

Regulations: land use, planning, zoning, taxation, inspection

Community Development: community gardens, CSAs, eco-villages, co-operatives

Economics: marketing, distribution, prices Due to technical difficulties, this recording is not included.

Workshops Wrap-up
Russell Precious (Conference Organizer), Gord McAdams (Nelson City Councillor), Herb Barbolet (Simon Fraser University), Geroge Penfold (Selkirk College)

Final Comments
Corky Evans - MLA Nelson-Creston, NDP Agriculture Critic