“Opportunities vs Conundrums for Sustainability: Food Safety” / Prof. Dr. Mustafa Koç, Ryerson University

Monday, April 13, 18:00 - 19:00

Zoom Platform

The 12th edition of our Sustainability Talk Series was the first of a new series of talks delving into the subject of food, which started off with a webinar by our invited speaker Prof. Mustafa Koç on April 13. The talk featured Prof. Mustafa Koç, a faculty member at Ryerson University and a member of the Research Committee at the International Sociological Association, as invited speaker. During his speech, Prof. Mustafa Koç addressed the following questions: 

What are food assurance and food safety? Why are they important? What does sustainability tell us about food safety?  Can sustainable production serve as a solution for food assurance? Prof. Koç also provided an empirical comparison of the North America and Turkey in terms of food assurance. Koç also addressed the weaknesses revealed during the ongoing pandemic crisis or to be revealed in the future by sustainability which aims to develop solutions to the food crises caused by the capitalist food systems. The talk later explored social necessities that have given rise to the concepts of food regime, food sovereignty, and food assurance, and the ideological background of these necessities on the basis of the audience’s questions.  In his speech, Koç also emphasized non-market democratic, participative alternatives for access to clean food, such as collectives and cooperatives, within the framework of the food-agriculture regime discussions which are now more visible in the days of the pandemic. 

The talk was moderated by Dr. Lecturer Candan Türkkan from Özyeğin University. Please click here for the video record of the talk.