Handpicked podcast: Episode 6

July 27, 2020

The Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems just released the last episode of the first season in their podcast, Handpicked: Stories from the Field

Technology is changing all aspects of the food system, including how smaller-scale farmers and food producers connect with different markets. In this episode of Handpicked, Dr. Theresa Schumilas describes her work as the Director of Open Food Network Canada, an open source software platform designed to help producers and eaters build better and more sustainable food systems. You’ll hear about how justice and fairness can inform an activist approach to coding and how non-proprietary software is contributing to food sovereignty in Canada and beyond. Using Open Food Network as an example, Dr. Shumilas explains how software platforms are helping smaller scale producers reimagine their operations by centring community, open source legal protections, and peer-to-peer learning.

Listen to Episode 6

Theresa Schumilas on the Handpicked podcast (photo by Handpicked)

Other recent episodes

The first season of the Handpicked podcast launched on Sept. 30, 2019 and includes six episodes that were released over the 2019/20 academic year.

Episode 5: “Change worth striving for”: International agreements as levers for food system change

Episode 4: “We know how to survive on the land”: Climate change adaptation, food systems and life in Kakisa, Northwest Territories

Episode 3: “Take care of the land and the land will take care of you”: Discussing climate change with members of the Ka’a’gee Tu First Nation in Kakisa, Northwest Territories