Food matters. Each day city-dwellers make decisions about what to eat, where to eat, and how to eat. Those decisions shape a food system simultaneously responsible for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions and particularly vulnerable to the vagaries of climate change. Although urbanites can feel disconnected from the ecosystems that sustain us, our food ties each of us intimately to the earth through soil, water, energy flows, and nutrient cycles. Drawing on current research in sustainable agriculture and food systems, this talk presents practical personal choices and government policy changes to help promote a just, resilient, ecologically-integrated food system.
Speaker: Mike Bomford / Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, Faculty of Science & Horticulture
Dr. Michael Bomford teaches in the Department of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by small farms operating with limited resources. He is particularly interested in identifying practical ways to reduce food system energy use and greenhouse gas emissions while meeting farm energy needs using local renewable resources. Michael holds a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards. Before coming to KPU, he spent 10 years as the state specialist in organic agriculture at Kentucky State University. He is a fellow of the Post Carbon Institute, dedicated to leading the transition to a more resilient, equitable, and sustainable world by providing individuals and communities with the resources needed to understand and respond to the interrelated ecological, economic, energy, and equity crises of the 21st century.
Location: KPU Richmond