Good food reads 07/18/2018

Local Voices: Cooking in the Shelter (Corey Mintz, The Local)

A first-person look at the struggles of cooking in the emergency food system and how to bring dignity to the table for everyone.
"The goal is not just to fill stomachs, but to treat clients with dignity."

Some of the big food industry players are starting to push hard against federal proposals to encourage healthy eating. After recently news out of California and their state-wide ban on new soda taxes, Canadians should be keeping a keen eye on the industry.
"'They just don’t want anyone to know that they spend this kind of money marketing unhealthy foods and beverages to kids,' Mr. Arango [of the Heart and Stroke Foundation] said."

Cooking Stirs the Pot for Social Change (Korsha Wilson, Yes! magazine)

A double review of two recent blockbuster books on the power of food and sharing meals in American activism.
"Cooking—and letting others in our communities cook for us—is how we become good citizens who engage with the communities around us. That connection is how we create change. That’s why cooking is and will always be an act of resistance."​

Child poverty linked to discrimination and systemic inequality, study suggests (Laurie Monsebraaten, the Toronto Star)

A recent study from Campaign 2000 shows how child poverty is most acute in large urban centres and Indigenous communities and lowest in Quebec.
“Universal child care, drug and dental coverage, affordable housing, improved employment insurance and support for workers are all needed. With every riding affected by poverty, every riding will benefit from a strong federal strategy.”
  This forceful piece argues how a universal basic income would have a big impact on poverty and income insecurity.
"It would give everyone the freedom to live their life, while also conveying a sense of communal investment in each and every person, through every stage of life, as well as in the public goods to help society more broadly thrive.​"

The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor (Erynn Brook, Longreads)

A beautiful illustrated story of one woman's experience with poverty and groceries.
"When you're poor every day feels like an emergency and you're drowning in it. The difference betwee nbeing broke and being poor isn't a number. It's a bright light at the end of the tunnel."

Who Really Decides What Goes Into Canada’s Food Guide? (Corey Mintz, The Walrus)

Big food and agricultural companies are putting pressure on the federal government to ensure a more favourable food guide, and why we should all care.
"Few teachers depend on a single government handout—Canada’s Food Guide is just one of many resources they might reach for. But it’s generally the first and most commonly used tool in teaching nutrition, and one of the most requested government documents in Canada, after tax forms."

Eating for Peace (Matthew Sedacca, Nautilus)

How various chefs and restauranteurs are using food to bridge differences between cultures in New York City.
"Cooking and eating have a unique way of breaking down prejudices and inspiring unity.​"

What does poverty look like in Canada? Survey finds one-in-four experience notable economic hardship (Angus Reid Institute)

This fascinating and in-depth look at poverty in Canada offers some great insight. 

"This first chapter of the report finds fully one-in-five Canadian adults (21%) say an inability to afford dental care has been a chronic problem for them in their lives. One-in-six are routinely unable to afford new clothes or good-quality groceries, and one-in-seven have struggled with inadequate housing – spaces that are too small or too far from work or school – throughout their lives."