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The Urban Food Revolution Book Launch

Urban Food Revolution LadnerThe Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University is pleased to announce the book launch of The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities by Peter Ladner.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
5:00 – 8:00 pm (brief program at 6pm)
Barbara-Jo’s Books to Cooks
Vancouver, BC

This book launch is free, however pre-registration is required. RSVP now.

Author Peter Ladner is a former Vancouver City Councillor, newspaper publisher and a recent Fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue. With more than 35 years of journalistic experience, he is a frequent speaker on community issues and has a special interest in the intersection of food policy and city planning.

If you can’t make the launch party, The Urban Food Revolution will be in bookstores November 7 or can be ordered online from New Society Publishers (20% off pre-orders before October 21). The book will also be available after November 1 (hard copy or e-book) at your favourite online book-seller.


“A revolution in food — where, how, and when it’s grown — is now sweeping urban centres. Read this book to see why it matters and how we can do it.”

David Suzuki, Co-Founder, David Suzuki Foundation.

“Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic and health care costs and beset by rising prices. Producing food locally makes people healthier, alleviates poverty, creates jobs, and makes cities safer and more beautiful.

The Urban Food Revolution is a handbook for community food security based on leading innovations across North America. From commercial micro-gardening and community composting to rebuilding local food processing, distribution and waste systems, the author connects the dots between wishful thinking and practical solutions to making local, fresh sustainable food affordable and widely available.

An essential resource for anyone who has lost confidence in the global industrial food system The Urban Food Revolution is packed with practical advice on bringing food production home.
Peter Ladner really separates the wheat from the chaff. If you want to get your head around the important developments without ending up with a headache, this is the book for you.”

Wally Satzewich, Developer, SPIN-Farming

Local Food Plans: Lessons From Other Communities

Plus: Dialogue on the Regional Food System Strategy for Metro Vancouver

Concerns about food— its impacts on our health; its inaccessibility to many low income people; its vulnerability to climate change, soil erosion, water shortages and rising fuel prices; demand for local food; its role in creating new jobs; and the need for farmers to be able to make a decent living—have vaulted food strategies up the public policy priority list. Find out how Toronto, Portland and California are planning to transform local food production, distribution and land use.

A shoulder program to the Gaining Ground Summit 2010, Local Food Plans: Lessons from Other Communities and Dialogue on the Regional Food System Strategy for Metro Vancouver address  the many interconnected elements of a viable food system.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
2:00 – 4:00 pm Local Food Plans: Lessons from Other Communities
4:30 – 6:30 pm Dialogue on the Regional Food System Strategy in Metro Vancouver

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 (repeat session of Tuesday)
Compass Point Inn Hotel. 9855 King George Highway, Surrey
2:00 – 4:00 pm Local Food Plans: Lessons from Other Communities
4:30 – 6:30 pm Dialogue on the Regional Food System Strategy in Metro Vancouver

Over the past two years, representatives from all levels of government, the agriculture and food industry, community organizations and the public have provided valuable input on how to make our food system more sustainable, resilient and healthy. At this session, after a brief presentation on the draft Regional Food System Strategy for Metro Vancouver, participants will break into discussion groups and be asked for their feedback. The presentation on lessons learned from other communities from the previous session should provide food for thought for these discussions. Results will be used to refine the Strategy and clarify key areas for collaboration.

These events are free, however pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and to register!

Sibella Kraus, President/Director, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), Berkeley, California
Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the City of Toronto
Judy Shiprack, Multomah County Commissioner, Portland, Oregon
Moderator: Peter Ladner, Fellow of the SFU Centre for Dialogue