Tag Archives: food justice

Disappointing UN Declaration on chronic disease prevention

Disappointing UN Declaration on chronic disease prevention.

on Canada’s food policy

Why do so many people in Canada go hungry? Why is the family farm disappearing? Why are farmers and fishers going out of business? Why are so many Canadians obese, and at a younger and younger age?

Do these questions matter?

What is wrong with Canada’s food systems?

Check out the work of the People’s Food Policy Project and find out how you can join the conversation and make a difference.

If you eat and if you love food, you need to sign this pledge  to  add your voice to calls for a National Food Policy that connects food, health, agriculture, the environment and social justice. We want 5000 people to sign this pledge by World Food Day on Oct. 16!

Food movement as a rhizome

An interesting article in the Briarpatch magazine blog about the food movement caught my eye today.

‘The rhizome can serve as a metaphor for the Canadian food movement – a decentralized network of diverse, self-organizing, interconnected initiatives with no identifiable beginning or end…

Over the past decade, food-related initiatives have proliferated in response to growing concerns about the corporate, industrial food system….

In the fall of 2010, researchers at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with provincial-level networks, conducted a survey of over 200 organizations working on food-related issues in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The study, which aimed to gather information about the relationships between network actors, confirmed a number of assumptions about the food movement….”continue reading here.

food security

Food is one of those special needs of human beings that is also so often part of the social fabric and history of a place. It is not only a delicious way to nourish the body but is a multi-sensory delight and part of the social contracts that knit communities together.

Fresh air, clean water, shelter, love, all basic human needs but none perhaps with as much emphasis on the sensual as food!

However, many threats to food security should cause us alarm.

An answer that seems to bypass the usually divisions of politics and class are the community-driven food-justice organizations that are inclusive, open to anyone who  wants to participate at any level. Food justice and security issues impact everyone from farmers and farm workers, to restaurant owners and workers and the corporations and systems that produce and supply food.

An interest in a food system that produces safe, nourishing and accessible food for everyone without risking the future of the food of future generations by degrading the environment cuts across all sectors of society’s interests. We all understand that we enjoy and use our natural resources as a loan from our children.

In many communities across the US and Canada, organizations have begun to map food deserts! These identify mostly urban areas where there is a paucity of stores and markets that offer fresh, good quality food as well as problem stores that only offer only junk food and alcohol. Some are more positive in their focus, mapping grocery stores, farmers markets, community gardens.

An interesting example of the latter is our local Food Secure Vancouver site!

We hope to have our own community gardens at 22nd Street Skytrain Station on that map soon!