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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.

May 19, 2020

International agreements like the Sustainable Development Goals, the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and the New Urban Agenda can be imagined as shared blueprints for change. However, agreements negotiated between international actors can be difficult to implement at local and regional scales. In this episode of Handpicked, we talk to food systems actors and researchers working to connect international agreements with municipal and regional policy development. In our conversation with Alison Blay-Palmer, Patricia Ballamingie, Barbara Emmanuel, and Theresa Schumilas we examine how international agreements are important tools for decisionmakers concerned with foodconsider how storytelling is an important part of meaningful food advocacy and policy development, and look at how the City of Toronto’s has used the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact to inform policy and program development across the city.  


Co-Producers & Hosts: Amanda DiBattista & Laine Young
Sound Design & Editing: Adedotun Babajide & Laine Young
Research Assistants: Chiamaka Okafor-Justin & Jake Bernstein


Alison Blay-Palmer 
Patricia Ballamingie
Barbara Emanuel
Theresa Schumilas

Support & Funding

Wilfrid Laurier University
The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Balsillie School for International Affairs 

Music Credits

Keenan Reimer-Watts


Levers for Food system Change Panel Discussion
The Sustainable Development Goals
The New Urban Agenda
The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact
Toronto Food Strategy
Toronto Food Strategy 2018 Report
Toronto’s Adaptation of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Indicator Framework, presented at the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Mayors Summit, 2018
The Seed Map
Moving Beyond Acknowledgments- LSPIRG
Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems