Episode 1: Designing a Circular, Regenerative Food System

Designing a Humane Future

30-03-2021 • 45 mins

In this pilot episode in the series, we look at the food system, the challenges that existed well before the pandemic and which have been magnified during it. We examine some of the fundamental issues underpinning the modern food system. We learn about the various stakeholders working to realign the production, distribution, and consumption of food with the natural cycles so that we can meet our food needs while helping to heal the earth and our connection to it.

The focus is an exciting pilot project, called Our Food Future, taking place in Canada, in the City of Guelph and the surrounding Wellington County, which are located in the province of Ontario. We hear from a number of stakeholders working to develop Canada’s first circular food economy, which is poised to become a new model for other communities across Canada and beyond.

Learn more about those interviewed by visiting the following links:

Our Food Future https://foodfuture.ca/our-food-future

Wellington Federation of Agriculture https://www.wfofa.on.ca/

Janet Harrop, Harrcroft Acres https://harrroft-acres-limited.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

Nathan Smith, Winterhill Farm & Garden https://winterhillfarmandgarden.com/

Val Steinmann, Heartwood Farm & Cidery https://heartwoodfarm.ca/

Cher Mereweather, Provision Coalition https://provisioncoalition.com/

Barb Swartzentruber, Smart Cities Office, City of Guelph, Our Food Future https://guelph.ca/city-hall/city-administrators-office/smart-cities-challenge/

Richard Preiss, Escarpment Laboratories https://escarpmentlabs.com/

Court Desautels, The Neighbourhood Group https://www.neighbourhoodgroup.com/restaurants

Lynn Broughton, Taste Detours https://tastedetours.ca/

Brian Watson, Kortright Presbyterian Church https://www.kortrightchurch.org/

Emily Huddart Kennedy, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia https://sociology.ubc.ca/profile/emily-huddart-kennedy/

Ellen MacArthur Foundation https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/