Lauren Baker, PhD, is a Food Policy Specialist with the Food Policy Council and Food Strategy team Toronto Public Health. In this capacity, Lauren works with community and business partners, Toronto Public Health’s food strategy team, and across City divisions to promote a healthy, sustainable food system. She is consulted widely on municipal food policy development and city-region food systems in Canada and globally. Lauren is an adjunct faculty member in the Equity Studies program at the University of Toronto, and a research associate with Ryerson University's Centre for Studies in Food Security. Her research interests include: urban food systems policy and planning; local and global food networks and movements; alternative food initiatives and enterprises; food security; food sovereignty; urban agriculture and community gardening; municipal affairs and governance; organic/ecological agricultural production; cultural politics of food; political ecology of agricultural biodiversity.
Lauren has published widely on the topic of sustainable, health focused food systems, and is the author of a recent book, Corn meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico.