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Handpicked: Stories from the Field

Presented by the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Handpicked: Stories from the Field is a podcast series that showcases research that drives positive change in our food systems—ways we produce, gather, eat, understand and dispose of our food. Produced and hosted by Amanda Di Battista and Laine Young, the series presents compelling, real-life stories of food practitioners, such as farmers, policymakers and activists. Episodes follow researchers and community partners in their efforts to make their food systems more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Sep 27, 2019

Episode 1 – Because Everybody Eats: Exploring Sustainable Food Systems for a Better World 

Podcast Show Notes 


In the very first episode of Handpicked: Stories from the Field, we will introduce you to our podcast and give you a taste of what you can expect from the upcoming season. We sit down with Dr. Alison Blay-Palmer and ask her some tough questions about food systems and the work of the Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems (LCSFS). We explore the concept of “sustainable food systems” in depth so that listeners have the context they need to better understand the work that will be highlighted throughout the Handpicked series. In this episode, we also speak with LCSFS Advisory Board members and students about they how define sustainable food systems and what that means for the research and community engagement work they do. We hope this episode leaves you with a better understanding of the work being done by the LCSFS to make our food system more sustainable and whets your appetite for more stories from the field. 



Co-Producers & HostsAmanda DiBattista & Laine Young 

Episode editing & Research: Laine Young 

Research Assistant: Jake Bernstein 

Voiceovers: Takhmina Shokirova 



Click the links to learn more about their work 

Alison Blay-Palmer 

Andrea Collins 

Patricia Ballamingie 

Irena Knezvic 

Alex Latta 

Theresa Shumailis 

Andrew Spring 

Kaitlin Kok 

Maggie Mills 

Carla Johnston  


Support & Funding 

Wilfrid Laurier University 

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems 

Balsillie School for International Affairs  


Music Credits 

Keenan Reimer-Watts 



Moving Beyond Acknowledgments- LSPIRG 

Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems 

Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) 


Our Common Future Report 

FAO Food & Agriculture Cluster 

Milan Urban Food Policy Pact 

City Region Food Systems Project 



Brundtland, G. H., Khalid, M., Agnelli, S., Al-Athel, S., & Chidzero, B. (1987). Our common future. New York. 


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