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Deconstructing Dinner: Reconstructing Our Food System
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As people throughout the Western world are increasingly seeking to reconnect with their food, there's a lot to be learned from the many peoples who have long maintained these dynamic relationships between their sustenance and the earth. Ethnobiologists research these very relationships through a scientific lens and it's a field of study bringing together many disciplines like anthropology, ecology and conservation to name just a few.

Deconstructing Dinner believes ethnobiology is a subject deserving close attention for anyone interested in food security, food sovereignty and local food system conservation and development.

In May 2010, Jon Steinman travelled to Vancouver Island to attend two gatherings on the subject in Victoria and Tofino. In this multi-part series, we'll explore what the Society of Ethnobiology describes is the "search for valid, reliable answers to two 'defining' questions: "How and in what ways do human societies use nature, and how and in what ways do human societies view nature?"

2010
October 28 - "Exploring Ethnobiology IV (The Immaterial Components of Food Sovereignty / Comparing 17th/18th Century Cereal Grain Productivity Among Iroquois and Europeans)"
Justin Nolan, Nancy Turner, Lewis Williams, Linda Different Cloud, Jane Mt. Pleasant

September 9 - "Exploring Ethnobiology III"
Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Josh Wisniewski, Nancy Turner

July 22 - "Exploring Ethnobiology II: Nancy Turner"
Nancy Turner, Cheryl Bryce, Pamela Tudge

June 3 - "Exploring Ethnobiology I: Preserving Traditional Foodways Among Indigenous Youth"
Nickie Watts, Keenan Jules, Waylon Andrews, John Rampanen, Belinda Lucas, Damon Vann-Tarrant Rampanen, Letitia Rampanen, James Dakota Smith, Tseeqwatin Rampanen, Leonita Jimmy, Maui Solomon


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