Summary: Agriculture, Corporate Governance and the Production of Inequity
A Social Policy Research Unit Public Presentation Led by
Called "One of Canada's most important elder activists and thinkers" by Briarpatch Magazine, Brewster
Kneen has committed his energy to uncovering truths in farming and the biotech industry and exposing
the issues and dangers of corporate efforts to alter and control our food at every level of production.
Through his numerous books and public lectures, he implores the public to challenge an order built on
blind belief in "progress", industrialization and technology and to seek out socially just and
environmentally sound alternatives.
Though Mr. Kneen has held jobs ranging from producer with CBC radio, to sheep farmer, to researcher
and lecturer, a unifying thread is weaved throughout: his commitment to social justice. When he
discovered that his fellow lamb producers were not being fairly paid, he organized the Northumberland
Lamb Marketing Co-operative (Northumberlamb) and the Brookside Abattoir Co-operative, both farmer
owned and operated. As he became increasingly alarmed by the extent to which food systems have
been commandeered to privilege corporate profiteering over health and safety, he started engaging in
public education and organizing, helping to form the BC Biotechnology Circle and the Canadian
Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN).
Mr. Kneen is the author of From Land to Mouth: Understanding the Food System; Trading Up:
How Cargill, the World's Largest Grain Company, is Changing Canadian Agriculture; The Rape of Canola;
Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnology; Invisible Giant: Cargill and its Transnational