On May 16th and 17th, the University of Toronto is hosting the Japan-Canada Food Systems Resilience Symposium, bringing together experts and community members to reflect on the impact the recent natural disasters have had on the food system and public health. The event is free, but you must register in advance.
The first day of the Symposium features a keynote by Yoko Niiyama of Kyoto University, titled Applying an Interactive Model to Risk Communications: Effects of Radiation Contamination of Food on Health. Following that, participants can choose from sessions discussing transparency in food safety, food access, and food system resilience.
The following day’s highlight is a public forum in the evening, from 7-9:30pm. The topic is Towards Resilience in Food Systems Through Rural Women’s Entrepreneurship. The forum features Sumiko Abe, Food System Research Association of Japan, as well as our own Lori Stahlbrand.
It is sure to be an interesting two days, as attendees try to answer:
- What will be the long-term effects of the tsunami and earthquake?
- What can local government do to manage food risk effectively and transparently?
- How can citizens engage with other stakeholders in the creation of resilient food systems, now and in the future?
For more information please visit the Symposium website, http://japanfoodresilience.ca/