Everything eats. Whether we're breaking bread or running from gluten, our lives are hallmarked by what makes it to the plate. This month we chew on the systems that feed us, and those trying to make them more equitable...
Colin Dring was born in the traditional, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam). His parents are both settlers to Canada, his mother from China and his father from England, and they form the root to his connection to place and his inquisitive nature. Colin teaches, studies,and schemes at the University of British Columbia working towards his PhD. His research uncovers formal government approaches to creating (or preventing) food futures through agricultural planning in contexts of difference, complexity, and unpredictability. Before his studies, he worked in his home community on anti-hunger and anti-poverty alongside diasporic communities and changemakers across Turtle Island (or what is dominantly called North America). Colin also works on food justice and haspublished and taught on food justice policy, pedagogy, and planning. As a teacher/scholar, he aims to catalyze peoples’ interest and drive to transform colonial, racist, patriarchal, heteronormative, able-ist systems. It is by organizing
around difference that just and sustainable food systems will arise. For Colin, the political and contested nature of food and agriculture are at the heart of his work.
The future of food is uncertain. But unless it's built on a foundation of equity and justice– for those that grow our food, medicines, energy, and materials– there won't be much of a future to have. That takes a reciprocity between eaters and growers, more-than-humans and humans, entangled in complex, unknowable relationships...
During the HWC Fellowship, Colin is working on the creation of an equity framework to move us towards decolonial, anti-oppressive future(s).
We'll toast to that.