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Workshop: The Need for a Transition to a Plant-Based Food System in Canada

October 29, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

For the sake of Canadians’ health, environmental commitments, and desire to avoid inflicting unnecessary suffering and death on animals, Canada needs to transition to a plant-based food system. What will be the benefits of such a transition, how can it work, and how might various stakeholders make the most of the opportunities provided by a transition to a plant-based food system in Canada? Join our panel of academics and policymakers to discuss!
Join the event on Zoom: https://ualberta-ca.zoom.us/j/98928726022


Tony Weis is an Associate Professor in Geography at Western University. He is the author of The Ecological Hoofprint: The Global Burden of Industrial Livestock (2013) and The Global Food Economy: The Battle for the Future of Farming (2007), and co-editor of Critical Perspectives on Food Sovereignty (2015) and A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice (2014). His research is broadly located in the field of political ecology, with a focus on agriculture and food systems.

Sue Donaldson is co-convenor of the Animals in Philosophy, Politics, Law and Ethics (APPLE) research group at Queen’s University, Kingston. She is the author of numerous articles and books on animal rights and politics, including Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (co-authored with Will Kymlicka)
Will Kymlicka is the Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy at Queen’s University, where he has taught since 1998. He has published eight books and over 200 articles, which have been translated into 32 languages, and has received several awards. His books include Contemporary Political Philosophy (1990; second edition 2002), Multicultural Citizenship (1995), which was awarded the Macpherson Prize by the Canadian Political Science Association, and the Bunche Award by the American Political Science Association, Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity (2007), which was awarded the North American Society for Social Philosophy’s 2007 Book Award, and most recently Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights (2011), co-authored with Sue Donaldson.

Vasile Stanescu is Associate Professor of Communication at Mercer University. Stanescu is co-editor of the Critical Animal Studies book series published by Rodopi/Brill, the co-founder of the North American Association for Critical Animal Studies (NAACAS), the former co-editor of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies, and former co-organizer of the Stanford Environmental Humanities Project. Stanescu is the author of over 20 peer-reviewed publications on the critical study of animals and the environment.

Jordan Reichert is the deputy leader of the Animal Protection Party of Canada and the West Coast Campaign Officer for the Animal Alliance of Canada. He has run in federal, provincial, and municipal elections in his hometown of Victoria, B.C. Jordan brings a unique animal inclusive perspective to politics and social policy that puts the needs of people, animals, and the environment first.

Andrew Fenton is an associate professor in the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie University. His areas of specialization are in animal (bio)ethics, naturalized epistemology, neuroethics, and the philosophy of animal behaviour and cognition. He is the author of numerous articles and co-editor and co-author of Chimpanzee Rights: The Philosophers’ Brief (2019) and Neuroethics and Nonhuman Animals (2020).


October 29, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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