CIGI lecture addresses local food vs. imported products in sustainable food practices

October 16, 2008

Waterloo, Ontario - Fred Pearce, former news editor of New Scientist and currently the magazine's environment and development consultant, along with internationally renowned scholar Thomas Homer-Dixon, will speak at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) October 22, as part of CIGI's 2008-2009 Signature Lecture Series.

In their joint lecture, "Homegrown or Flown-In: Is Local Food Always Best?," both thinkers will discuss eating local from a counter-intuitive perspective. In travelling across the world to track his personal footprint, Mr. Pearce finds himself questioning a number of accepted truths. His viewpoint is bound to be contentious and he intends it to be, as he is not afraid to take on the "sacred cows" of the green movement.

Considered one of Britain's finest science writers, Mr. Pearce is an author and journalist who has reported on the environment, popular science and development issues from 64 countries for more than 20 years. He is also a regular broadcaster and international speaker on global environmental issues, including water and climate change.

A prolific author on a wide range of books on environment and development issues, Mr. Pearce's current publication is Confessions of an Eco Sinner, the compelling story of the author's travels that challenges a range of green assumptions, while moving green thinking on to a whole new plane.

Dr. Homer-Dixon holds the CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs in Waterloo. He has led several international research projects studying the links between environmental stress and violence in developing countries. Recently, his research has focused on threats to global security in the 21st century and on how societies adapt to complex economic, ecological and technological change.

This event is a co-presentation with the University of Waterloo Bookstore. A book-signing by Mr. Pearce will take place after the lecture.


"Homegrown or Flown-In: Is Local Food Always Best?"


Wednesday, October 22


7:00 - 9:00 pm, lecture and Q&A session

9:00 pm, book signing


The Centre for International Governance Innovation

57 Erb Street West, Waterloo, Ontario

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