Food researcher called 'dynamic activist'

September 2, 2015

SPHERU’s Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer was recently picked as one of seven “Food Heroes” by Slow Food in Canada.

Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer
Dr. Rachel Engler-Stringer

At the annual meeting in Montreal this June, Engler-Stringer was among the seven people chosen for Canadian Food Hero. The award is given each year to recognize individuals that protect, defend and promote “sustainable, good, clean and fair food” and contribute to a healthy food system by preserving culinary history of their region, regardless of their role. They can include anyone from growers and harvesters to writers and entrepreneurs. Engler-Stringer was the recipient for the Prairies.

In giving the award, Slow Food in Canada called her a “dynamic activist” and cited her activities on the Saskatoon Food Council, as well as her research on food systems and health, with a focus on urban food environments and food security issues, as well as her efforts in developing an online interactive Local Food Map to connect people in the community with sources of food.

In addition to being a SPHERU researcher, Engler-Stringer is an Associate Professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of Community Health and Epidemiology.

Slow Food in Canada has been active in different regions of the country for more than 10 years and includes more than 1,000 members.


 

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