Join Environment Hamilton as we welcome Sarah Rotz, Postdoctoral fellow (University of Guelph) to give a talk on how our food systems are and will be effected by climate change. Talk and presentation will be followed by a question and answer period, as well as a discussion. This event and topic was chosen as a result of our Climate Change in Hamilton survey, which showed a top concern for Hamiltonians in regards to climate change is food security.
Sarah is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography at the University of Guelph where she studies the political ecology of food systems. Sarah is also a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies ...from York University. Early on in her studies, Sarah developed a strong interest in environmental politics and issues of sovereignty and governance. Since that time she has done ongoing work on social and environmental justice and anti-oppression with numerous Toronto and Guelph-based collectives. Through her combined love of gardening, food, ecology, and political economy, Sarah focused her work on how food systems can both mitigate and reproduce social and environmental injustices. Her PhD research examined the political and social structures (primarily settler colonial capitalism) underpinning the Canadian food system, which is published in Geoforum, Captalism, Nature, Socialism, and the Journal of Peasant Studies, alongside popular media and blog sites. Sarah has also conducted research and presented her work to a wide range of audiences and organizations including the National Farmers Union, Sustain Ontario, Food Secure Canada, and CBC Ideas.