World-renowned food advocate Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak in Vernon Feb. 27.

World-renowned food advocate Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak in Vernon Feb. 27.

Shiva spreads wisdom seeds

Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak at Vernon’s Schubert Centre Feb. 27

A globally renowned food advocate is bringing her passion to the North Okanagan.

Dr. Vandana Shiva will speak at Vernon’s Schubert Centre Feb. 27, highlighting local food systems, ecosystems and community resilience.

“We are very happy to be able to help bring Vandana Shiva here,” said Rebecca Kneen, of Sorrento’s Crannóg Ales.

“We have found that she helps people see how their daily work can change the entire food system and make it more secure and sustainable. Shiva, a celebrated international speaker, will inspire listeners with global examples of the community-led initiatives that can inform local efforts.”

Her broad experience in food systems work highlights the connections between climate change, poverty, gender inequality, loss of bio-diversity and food insecurity, as well as weaves stories of how communities respond creatively to these challenges.

Shiva’s appearance in Vernon is presented by the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan (FASNO).

“A fundamental goal of FASNO is to provide a platform for open and thoughtful discussion of critical food-related issues,” said Juris Vinters, FASNO chairperson.

“We welcome the opportunity to engage the community in a thought-provoking evening regarding the sustainability of our food system.”

The local sponsors are the Food Action Society of the North Okanagan, Crannóg Ales, Fieldstone Organics, Pilgrims’ Produce, Wild Flight Farm, Remax realtor Jayme McKillop, the Sustainable Environment Network Society and Om Naturale.

“There will be time for questions from the audience and to hear about how you can connect with local, on-the-ground food initiatives in the North Okanagan,” said Vinters.

A book signing will follow the public presentation. Overflow tickets are $12 or $10 for students  and they can be purchased  at www.eventbrite.ca (search Vandana Shiva in Vernon).