Lauren Baker’s Biography

Lauren Baker, PhD, has over 20 years of experience working on food system issues. Her expertise ranges from agrobiodiversity in Mexico to negotiating and developing municipal food policy and programs. Lauren has consulted on farm to fork initiatives and food systems policy development across Canada, and globally. Her current clients include the Global Alliance for the Future of Food, a coalition of foundations committed to leveraging their resources to help shift food and agriculture systems towards greater sustainability, security, and equity, as well as the City of London, Ontario and Evergreen. From 2011-2016, Lauren was the Food Policy Specialist with the Toronto Food Policy Council, leading a citizen advisory group embedded within the City of Toronto’s Public Health Division, and from 2009-2011 she was the Founding Director of Sustain Ontario: the Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming.

Lauren is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and is a research associate with Ryerson University’s Centre for Studies in Food Security. She is the author of Corn meets Maize: Food Movements and Markets in Mexico (2013), amongst other publications.

Past Employment

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Sustain Ontario



Urban Harvest