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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems – Canada Research Chair
Kwantlen Polytechnic University invites applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Areas of expertise appropriate for this CRC include (but are not limited to) agroecology and cropping/farm systems, field and protected vegetable crop production, agricultural economics, and farm business management. Applications must be received by June 30, 2014.
Assistant/Associate Professor in Food Systems (Tenure Track)
The University of Vermont seeks candidates to join us in building our capacity to understand the interconnected aspects of the modern food system and to develop creative models for sustainable food systems.
Candidates should have a demonstrated record of collaborative, transdisciplinary work and a desire to engage with colleagues across UVM colleges and departments. Anticipated start date is within the 2014–2015 academic year, subject to negotiation.
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Seafood as Local Food: Food Security and Locally Caught Seafood on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula
by Philip A. Loring,a,b,* S. Craig Gerlach,b and Hannah L. Harrison b
http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2013.033.006, pp. 13–30
Published online May 31, 2013
AbstractIn this paper we explore the relationship between food security and access to locally caught seafood for communities of the Kenai Peninsula region of Alaska. Seafood and fisheries are infrequently discussed in the literature on local and small-scale food movements; instead, they are more commonly construed as overexploited components of a global food system and a source of conflict with respect to global food security and fisheries conservation. By way of contrast, we argue here that many fisheries have the potential to be sources of healthy and sustainable "local" food, in support of the many values and goals embraced by local food movement, including conservation. With data collected via a by-mail survey, we show that many people in our Alaskan study region enjoy improved food security because they have access to locally caught seafood, especially those households at the lowest income levels. We also show, however, that access to these resources is still uneven for some, and we discuss strategies for improving the social-justice aspects of this component of the regional food system. Our findings are important not just to the fisheries and food security research communities, but also for contributing to a better understanding of the conditions within which local and regional food movements can achieve the ambitious social and ecological goals they seek.
Keywords: fisheries, food security, foodways, local food, salmon, seafood, social justice, sustainability
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