Good food reads 04/15/2019

Amid rising food costs, half of low-income households say the new Canada Food Guide diet is unaffordable
A new study from the Angus Reid Institute found that nearly half of all Canadians say it has become more difficult to afford to put food on the table in the last year and 40 per cent say trying to follow the new Canada’s Food Guide diet would make it even more challenging. From the piece: The sense that food is getting harder to afford is rooted in reality and cuts across income brackets, but it is Canadians in lower-income households who are more likely to see the consequences of rising prices in their lives.

Eat Your Veggies: Study Finds Poor Diets Linked to One in Five Deaths
Another study published in the Lancet found that one-fifth of deaths around the world were associated with poor diets, meaning diets short on fresh vegetables, seeds and nuts and heavy on sugar, salt, and trans fats. From the piece: “Rather than browbeating people to reduce their consumption of the fats and sugars that are correlated with illness and premature death, the [study’s] authors determined that adding healthier foods to global diets was a more effective way to reduce mortality. That’s because the gap between the amount of nourishing foods people should eat but don’t is much greater than that between the levels of harmful things they regularly put in their mouths but shouldn’t,” said Dr. Ashkan Afshin, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington who was the paper’s lead author.

Why millions of dollars in federal grocery subsidies haven't lessened food insecurity in the North
CBC’s Marketplace investigated why despite Nutrition North — the $100 million a year program designed to make nutritious food more affordable in remote, northern communities — food insecurity is actually increasing in Iqaluit and other northern communities. From the piece: Despite the subsidies, Statistics Canada data suggests food insecurity in the North has actually increased since the program was established. In Nunavut, the number of children living with food insecurity — a lack of access to healthy, affordable food — went from 50 per cent in 2011, to over 70 per cent in 2015/16, according to the most recent figures available.

Changing disability definition a dangerous mistake that will harm thousands
In the Star, family physician Dr. Gary Bloch writes about the real consequences of the Ontario government’s proposed changes to narrow the definition of disability for people like his patient Claire, who struggles with depression. From the piece: I am nervous that the government has already decided to change the definition of disability, and that people like Claire are going to be left without the supports they need. This will leave Claire, who has every potential for recovery, to focus not on her mental health, but rather on a desperate battle for survival — just to pay her rent and buy food.