Global Advisors

Ann Clark

Ann Clark:Global Advisor

Ann is a grass farmer and recently retired associate professor in Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph.  Ann has specific interests in organic and pasture production systems, and in risk assessment in genetically modified crops. Ann is still involved in the Guelph Centre for Urban Organic Farming and the B.Sc. (Agr) Organic Agriculture major.

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Brewster Kneen:Global Advisor

Brewster Kneen organized the Northumberland Lamb Marketing Co-operative (Northumberlamb) and the Brookside Abattoir Co-operative, both farmer owned and operated. In 1980, the Kneens started publishing The Ram’s Horn.  He has written several books on food issues including: Farmageddon,  Invisible Giant, and Tyranny of Rights.


Cathleen Kneen

Cathleen Kneen:Global Advisor

Cathleen was elected Chair of the newly-incorporated national organization, Food Secure Canada which launched Resetting the Table: A People’s Food Policy for Canada. Cathleen is Chair of Just Food in Ottawa; she also continues to work closely with her partner Brewster as the editor, co-writer, illustrator and designer of The Ram’s Horn.


Charles Francis

Charles Francis:Global Advisor

Agronomist and professor dedicated to participatory research and experiential education, Charles is concerned about whole-farm and landscape-level issues in agriculture. Chuck is also the director of the Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems at the University of Nebraska.


Daniel Brisebois:Global Advisor

Daniel is co-author of Crop Planning for Organic Vegetable Growers.  He is one of the 5 members of Tourne-Sol co-operative farm in Les Cedres, Quebec.  Tourne-Sol produces certified organic vegetables, flowers, seeds, seedlings and herbal teas on 12 acres rented from an organic grain farm. Tourne-Sol’s products are distributed through a 250-share CSA, farmers market, and on-line seed catalogue.


Devlin Kuyek:Global Advisor

Devlin is a researcher on global agribusiness for GRAIN, an international NGO which promotes the sustainable management and use of agricultural biodiversity. He is also the author of The Real Board of Directors: The construction of biotechnology policy in Canada, and Good Crop/Bad Crop: Seed Politics and the Future of Food in Canada.



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Elaine Ingham:Global Advisor

Soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc.  Ingham was formerly the The Rodale Institute’s chief scientist.


Eric Jimenez-Holt:Global Advisor

is the executive director of FoodFirst:Institute for Food and Development Policy. Eric is the editor of the 2011 Food First book, Food Movements Unite! Strategies to transform our food systems, the author of the 2009 Food First Book: Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice.


Francisco Vanderhoff:Global Advisor

A Dutch worker-priest, Francisco has lived in Mexico for almost 40 years. The driving force behind modern fair trade, this doctor of political economy and theology successfully tried out in the field one of the rare alternative theories to capitalism that works.

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Fred Kirschenmann:Global Advisor

A longtime leader in sustainable agriculture, Fred holds an appointment as Distinguished Fellow for the Leopold Center. He also oversees management of his family’s 3,500-acre certified organic farm in North Dakota. His recent book, Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher,  follows his writing on farming, philosophy, and sustainability.


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Ian Mauro:Global Advisor

Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change,  Ian believes there is great value in the multigenerational and experience-based knowledge of farmers, fishers and hunters on sustainable living. He thinks their rich knowledge of the land can have a profound impact on conservation and environmental management, particularly in an era of climate change and food insecurity.

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Jean-Paul Courtens:Global Advisor

Jean-Paul and his wife Jody Bolluyt farm using biodynamic principles at Roxbury Farm: a 375-acre diversified operation producing vegetables, hay, beef, lamb, pork and chicken. Roxbury Farm is protected from development and will be in the hands of small farmers forever through the Open Space Institute. In collaboration with Equity Trust, a model ground lease was implemented to ensure long-term land and housing affordability.

Jeff Moore

Jeff Moore:Global Advisor

Jeff is co-founder of North America’s first certified fair trade coffee roaster – Just Us!  The name is a play on the word justice, but also reflects the spirit of interconnectedness in that there is no us and them – just us.  Since 1995, the social enterprise has looked to maintain solidarity with small producers (predominantly indigenous populations) and has expanded to offer tea, sugar, and cocoa.

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Joan Baxter:Global Advisor

Joan Baxter is a Senior Fellow with the Oakland Institute. An investigative journalist, anthropologist, and award-winning author, she has lived and worked in Africa for more than 25 years.  Joan is a Board member of USC-Canada and its global Seeds of Survival Program. Her latest book, Dust from our eyes – an Unblinkered Look at Africa, was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

John Ikerd

John Ikerd:Global Advisor

Since retiring from the University of Missouri, John spends most of his time writing and speaking out on issues related to sustainable agriculture with an emphasis on the economics of sustainability.


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Leanne Simpson:Global Advisor

Writer, scholar, storyteller, and spoken word artist of Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry, Leanne  is an instructor at the Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge, Athabasca University. Her third book, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-Creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence turns to Nishnaabeg theory and philosophy for guidance in building and maintaining resurgence movements.


Lynn Miller:Global Advisor

A multi-faceted speaker, author, storyteller, artist, teacher, and farmer, Lynn’s efforts to champion the causes, and advocate the support, of the small independent family-based farms and ranches of North America for over three decades have made a significant difference. Lynn is the owner/publisher/editor of The Small Farmer’s Journal – a powerful tool for self-sufficiency, sustainability, and community.

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Nettie Wiebe:Global Advisor

Nettie is a farmer, environmental ethicist, and an educator regarding the politics and economics of agriculture. Addressing the politics and social issues regarding the growing food deficit in a world of ecological degradation and global warming, Nettie works to promote elements of a morally grounded and ethically informed approach to social change and environmental sustainability.  Nettie has been very active in the National Farmers’ Union and La Via Campesina.

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Sandor Katz:Global Advisor

Sandor is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist. He wrote Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods in order to share the fermentation wisdom he had learned, and demystify home fermentation. Since the book’s publication in 2003, Katz has taught hundreds of fermentation workshops across North America and beyond, taking on a role he describes as a “fermentation revivalist.


Stuart Hill:Global Advisor

Stuart was appointed Foundation Chair of Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney. In 1974, he established the  Ecological Agriculture Projects, which is Canada’s longest running resource centre for sustainable agriculture.


Susan Walsh:Global Advisor

Susan, Executive Director of USC Canada, applies lessons learned from her doctoral research among Indigenous potato farmers to her current work with USC.  Through their Seeds of Survival program, USC Canada’s primary goal is to build food and livelihood security in small-holder farming communities within the global South.


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Tadesse Meskela:Global Advisor

Tadesse works tirelessly to market Oromia’s coffee to Fairtrade, organic, and speciality buyers around the world so that his members will get a just reward for their crop.   Membership has risen to more than 75 co-operatives, representing over 70,000 smallholder farmers with nearly 350,000 family members.

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Vandana Shiva:Global Advisor

Scientist, philosopher, feminist, author, environmentalist, activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva is a one-woman movement for peace, sustainability and social justice.