Foodscapes of Plenty and Want: Historical Perspectives on Food, Health and the  Environment in Canada – Paysages d’abondance et de manque: Perspectives historiques sur la nourriture, la santé et l’environnement au Canada – is a scholarly workshop being held at the University of Guelph between June 23 and 25, 2013. The focus of the workshop is to bring together Canadian scholars working on research projects that examine the historical relationship between food history and the history of health, medicine and the environment. The goal is that papers from the workshop will  be published in a special issue of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History (CBMH) in 2014.

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Foodscapes of Plenty and of Want: Historical Perspectives on Food, Health and the Environment in Canada
Paysages d’abondance et de manque: Perspectives historiques sur la nourriture, la santé et l’environnement au Canada
June 23, 24, and 25, 2013

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Sunday June 23, 2013

7:00-8:30 p.m. Welcome dinner at the Bullring

Robert Hanner, Associate Professor Biodiversity Institute of Ontario & Department of Integrative Biology

“The DNA in your dinner doesn’t lie”

Monday June 24, 2013

8:30-9:00 Breakfast in Florence Partridge Room, 3rd Floor, McLaughlin Library
Session 1: Rural Foodscapes and the Taste of Modernity (Florence Partridge Room)

Rebecca Beauseaurt, “The World on a Plate: Food and Fictive Travel in Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Rural and Small-Town Ontario.”

Catherine Anne Wilson, “‘Can She Bake a Cherry Pie?’ Harvest Meals and Foodscapes of Plenty in Rural Ontario.”

Nathalie Cooke, “Domestic Science, Hygiene and Food Safety in the Works of Catherine Parr Traill and Adelaide Hoodless.”

10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Remaking Indigenous Foodways (Florence Partridge Room)

Brittany Luby, “‘No More Beaver Soup’: An Examination of the Relationship between Water Development, “Wild” Food and Anishinaabe Parenting Practices, 1900-1975.”

Beverly Soloway, “‘mus co shee’: Indigenous Plant Foods and Horticultural Imperialism in the Canadian Sub-Arctic.”

12:15-1:15 Lunch in MacKinnon 132
1:15-3:45 Session 3: The Social Politics of Nutrition (Room 359, McLaughlin Library)

Caroline Durand, “Patates, pain et lard salé valaient-ils mieux qu’un hot dog et des frites? La diète quotidienne et la santé au Québec, 1860-1945.”

Catherine Gidney, “’Nutritional Wastelands’: Vending Machines, Fast Food Outlets, and the Fight over Junk Food in Canadian Schools.”

François Guérard, “La recherche et la boîte à lunch: l’alimentation des Québécoise de 1937 à 1975.”

3:45-4:00 Break
4:15-5:15 Session 4: Food and the Public’s Health (Florence Partridge Room)

Lisa Cox, “The Historical Roots of Foodborne Illnesses: Bovine Tuberculosis Eradication in Canada, 1895-1960.”

Kris Inwood, Lindsey Amèrica-Simms, and Andrew Ross, “The Change in BMI Among Canadian Men, 1914-1945”

7:00 Dinner at the Ox in downtown Guelph (37 Quebec St.)

Tuesday June 25, 2013

8:30-9:00 Breakfast in Florence Partridge Room, 3rd Floor, McLaughlin Library
9:00-10:30 Session 5: Commodities, Culture and the Science of Food (Florence Partridge Room)

Caroline Lieffers, “‘A Wholesome Article of Food’: Rhetoric of Health and Nation in Canada’s Margarine Debates, 1917-1924”

Joshua MacFadyen, “‘The Chemistry of Food’: An Environmental History of Biotechnology and Synthetic Fertilizers in Canada, 1891-1940.”

James Murton, “Following the Body Through the Early Global Food Chain, from Nova Scotia to Britain.”

10:30-10:45 Closing Remarks

Foodscapes of Plenty and Want is being supported by generous grants from the following sponsors:

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