The Nexus Between Food Literacy, Food Security, and Disadvantage

October 1, 2018 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 172 Agriculture Building, University of Manitoba
66 Dafoe Rd W
Winnipeg, MB R3T 5V6

The nexus between food literacy, food security and disadvantage

The fall Food Systems Research Group (FSRG) research knowledge sharing series begins with the special presentation by Dr. Danielle Gallegos, social nutritionist and Professor at Queensland University of Technology on Monday, October 1 at 3:30 pm (refreshments at 3:00) in Room 172 Agriculture Building, Fort Garry campus, U of Manitoba. We invite you to join us and be a part of the discussion.

High income countries are often described as being food secure and yet sub-populations are still unable to secure sufficient amounts of food necessary to lead a healthy life. Food literacy has emerged as a convenient way of packaging knowledge and skills that individuals need in order to ensure a diet of sufficient quality and quantity. Yet, focusing on such strategies fails to acknowledge the profound impact of social and environmental determinants on food security. While there are potential benefits, so too are there limitations to the use of food literacy approaches in addressing food insecurity.

Dr. Gallegos has worked in all areas of nutrition and dietetics including acute care, foodservice, private practice and for the last 15 years in public health nutrition. Join us in exploring the complex nexus between food literacy and food security along a continuum of disadvantage in the Australian context.

Each month during the regular session will feature a presentation and discussion on a select research topic, creating an opportunity for our UofM research community to learn from each other about the breadth and diversity of food systems research happening across our campus. The location of the session will vary depending on the host Faculty.