Agriculture


Ten Books to Contextualize the Environmental History of Food and Agriculture in Canada

By Andrew Watson,¬†Stacy Nation-Knapper,¬†and Sean Kheraj Last year, Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, published a special series called, “Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues”. Each episode focused on a different contemporary environmental issue and featured interviews and discussions with historians whose research explains the context and background. Following up […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 37 Available

Episode 37 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 7 – Agri-Food Systems, II: 5 May 2013 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past37.mp3][55:25] The history of Canadian food and agriculture is an enormous topic with both a global and deeply personal scope. All humans require food to live and agricultural products become food for our […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 36 Available 2

Episode 36 Histories of Canadian Environmental Issues, Part 6 – Agri-Food Systems, I: 31 March 2013 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past36.mp3][01:20:20] The history of Canadian food and agriculture is an enormous topic with both a global and deeply personal scope. All humans require food to live and agricultural products become food for our […]


Subsistence in Canadian Environmental History

Today, James Murton from Nipissing University posted an article on The Otter to preview an upcoming panel he is hosting at the 2013 American Society for Environmental History Annual Meeting in Toronto at the Royal York Hotel. This panel, titled “Out from the Market’s Shadow: Subsistence as the Primary Concern […]


EHTV Episode 16: Collective Recollections – Food Histories and Food Futures in the Kingston Region

Download Episode The short video documentary Collective Recollections: Food Histories and Food Futures in the Kingston Region showcases community members interested in food histories with the hope of publicizing how such historical knowledge can be useful and insightful when imagining our food futures. The video is part of a larger […]


CHESS 2012: Upcoming Talk on the History of Winnipeg’s Central Market

This weekend I am in Guelph, Ontario for the 2012 Canadian History and Environment Summer School, an annual gathering of environmental history faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students affiliated with NiCHE. This is one of the most interesting environmental history events and I look forward to attending each year. The […]


EHTV Episode 14: Supper in the Field

Download Episode This episode of EHTV was shot by Dr. Merle Massie, a postdoctoral fellow from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research focuses on local and regional histories of Western Canada. In her dissertation, Dr. Massie examined the deep history of the Paddockwood/Lakeland region north of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Titled […]


The First Time the Conservative Party Eliminated the Canadian Wheat Board

Last November, ahead of the House of Commons vote on the elimination of the Canadian Wheat Board purchasing monopsony, the federal Minister of Agriculture, Gerry Ritz, and his provincial cohorts from Alberta and Saskatchewan held a press conference to celebrate the achievement of the federal Conservative Party’s long-held policy objective. […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 24 Available

Episode 24 Draining the Wet Prairie: September 20, 2011 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past24.mp3][34:17] Agricultural expansion is a central component of the history of the resettlement of the Canadian prairies in the nineteenth-century. Popularly, that history has been characterized by the challenges of aridity on a dry prairie landscape. The characterization of the […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 21 Available

Episode 21 Migratory Birds on the Pacific Flyway: March 31, 2011 [audio: http://niche-canada.org/files/sound/naturespast/natures-past21.mp3][36:07] Migratory birds, by the nature of their behavior, cross boundaries. They are transcontinental species whose habitat in North America ranges from the Canadian arctic to Mexico. As such, the human conservation of these species has historically been […]