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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.
Click here to see a more detailed job description and details on applying.
The Food Policy Audit: A New Tool for Community Food System Planning
by Jennifer O'Briena,* and Tanya Denckla Cobbb
http://dx.doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2012.023.002, pp. 177–191
AbstractThe Food Policy Audit was developed in response to the growing need for tools to assist in the food planning process and was piloted in a graduate urban and environmental planning course at the University of Virginia. The audit proceeded in two phases: phase one consisted of 113 yes-or-no research questions regarding the existence of food-based policy relating to public health, economic development, environmental impacts, social equity, and land conservation; phase two confirmed the validity of phase one's results through a series of stakeholder meetings. The meetings also provided insight into the success of policies and initiatives currently in place, community attitudes and perceptions, and community priorities for moving forward. The Food Policy Audit process proved educationally beneficial to both students and community members, and provided a policy-based tool for communities interested in shaping a more sustainable and resilient food system.
Keywords: audit, food policy, food system curriculum, food system planning, local food, local food policy, planning tool, sustainable food system, planning policy
a Jennifer O'Brien is an Urban and Environmental Planning graduate student at the University of Virginia.
b Tanya Denckla Cobb is Associate Director at the Institute for Environmental Negotiation, and lecturer with the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia.
Tanya Denckla Cobb, Institute for Environmental Negotiation, 2015 Ivy Road, P.O. Box 400179, Charlottesville, VA 22904 USA; +1-434-924-1855;
Banner photos include a Cape Cod cranberry bog; a cranberry “screen house” used to grade fresh cranberries; farmland near Lake Placid, NY, in the Adirondack Mountains; Montmorency cherry trees on the Mission Peninsula of northern Michigan; the historic Round Barn in the South Mountain Apple Belt of Adams County, Pennsylvania; the “Sea of Grapes” district of the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt, near Erie, Penn; a field of cabbages near Shortsville, NY, home to one of the world’s largest sauerkraut factories. All photos copyright by Duncan Hilchey.
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