Good food reads 08/18/2018

To close America's diet gap, we must recognize food as a human right (Sinikka Elliott, Sarah Bowenand Joslyn Brenton,The Guardian)

A study of poverty in the US offers a powerful arguement on why it is so important to recognzie food as a human right, both in the United States but also here in Canada.
"Making food a human right also requires tackling the underlying conditions that cause poverty and food insecurity. We need to raise the minimum wage, so that working families can afford to eat. And we need to invest in affordable housing, so that people aren’t forced to decide between paying their rent or buying groceries."


Doug Ford speaks ‘For the People’ - just not low-income people (Hugh Segal, the Globe and Mail)

Hugh Segal, former Conservative Ontario Senator (and CFCC webinar speaker!), pens this biting op-ed on the Ontario government cancelation of the basic income pilot.
"The new Ontario government is obviously deeply challenged on the issue of fairness, especially in defining its core electoral slogan, 'For the People.'"​


With Culinary Medicine, Doctors Are Finally Learning About Food (Ellen Kanner, HuffPost)

A growing trend towards food inclusive medicine offers is an encouraging shift to putting food at the centre of people's health care.
"It’s great to play in the kitchen, but we’re also providing practical strategies to take all the stuff we learn in the first couple years of medical school and translate that into a conversation you’re going to have in the examination room with your patient."
 

Eat your veggies! How one Newfoundland outport is battling food insecurity (Malone Mulin, CBC News)

A look at how some remote communities in Newfoundland are funding new ways to get fresh fruits and vegetables to town.
"It's little surprise Newfoundland and Labrador has nearly triple the number of mac and cheese-laden corner stores than grocery stores, and more fast food joints than both of those combined — a whopping 14 for every 10,000 people, according to Kristie Jameson, executive director of non-profit Food First NL.

But Jameson sees a possible solution in those numbers. She thinks one of the province's biggest strengths lies in its community hubs: the takeouts and small shops that serve each outport in lieu of farmers markets, butchers and grocers."

Our Idea of Healthy Eating Excludes Other Cultures, and That's a Problem (Tamara Melton, R.D.N., Self

One registered dietitian takes her field to task for white-washing what "healthy" looks like. 
"For us to truly help the communities we work with, health professionals need to embrace diversity, and expand the idea of what healthy eating looks like. We need to take the time to learn about other cultures’ foods."


Basic Income: Here’s how the pilot project has changed one Hamilton family’s life (the Hamilton Spectator)

Jodi, a woman from Hamilton who was part of the Ontario basic income pilot study, described how the pilot has benefited her and her family. 
"Basic income has given me the security I needed to help relieve some of the stress of our everyday life."​
 

Ben & Jerry's 'Milk With Dignity' Pact With Farmworkers Seems To Be Paying Off (John Dillon, NPR)

A look at how one ice cream manufacturer is encouraging improved labour practices among some of it's dairy providers.
"There are farmworkers in the state who, in collaboration with their farmers and with support from the Milk With Dignity Standards Council, are now receiving a day off every week when they previously didn't have one, who are receiving wages to bring their wages up to the Vermont minimum wage."