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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

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 & Hosts: Amanda DiBattista & Laine Young 

Episode Editing and Research: Laine Young

Research Assistant: Jake Bernstein

Voiceovers: Takhmina Shokivora 



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

IPCC (2019). Climate change and land: An IPCC Special report on climate change, desertification, land degredation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (Draft). Retrieved from

La Via Campesina & GRAIN (2014). Food sovereignty: 5 steps to cool the planet and feed its people. Retrieved from


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