Good food reads
"Take two carrots and call me in the morning," Pew Trust
A short but comprehensive overview of some of the food programs and policies that are being enacted and funded as a way to promote health and reduce health care costs. From the piece: "Half a century after Americans began fighting hunger with monthly food stamps, the nation’s physicians and policymakers are focusing more than ever on what’s on each person’s plate. In the 21st century, food is seen as medicine — and a tool to cut health care costs."
"Canada's poverty plan is public policy at its best", Michael Wolfson, Globe and Mail
In his op-ed, Wolfson argues that the federal Poverty Reduction Strategy's endorsement of a poverty line and establishment of key indicators to track the most important dimensions of poverty make it an effective tool for reducing poverty. From the piece: "...to have effective policies, we need to know where we want to go, which in turn means having clear understandable indicators for the most important dimensions of poverty."
Humans of Basic Income
A Hamilton photographer asked participants in Ontario's Basic Income Pilot how the program's cancellation will impact their lives.
"'I may end up homeless again.' Six Ontarians talk about their life before, after and, once again, without basic income," Natalie Paddon, Toronto Star
Six participants in Ontario's Basic Income Pilot Program describe how the cancellation of the Basic Income Pilot Program will affect their lives. From the article: “I was so excited for this money to give me the breathing room to actually do something. And it’s all gone. It’s absolutely gone.”
Americans want to believe jobs are the solution to poverty. They're not," Matthew Desmond, New York Times
The noted sociologist and author of Evicted
reflects on the U.S.'s low-wage economy, and what it will really take to eliminate poverty. From the piece: "These days, we’re told that the American economy is strong. Unemployment is down, the Dow Jones industrial average is north of 25,000 and millions of jobs are going unfilled. But for people like Vanessa, the question is not, Can I land a job? (The answer is almost certainly, Yes, you can.) Instead the question is, What kinds of jobs are available to people without much education? By and large, the answer is: jobs that do not pay enough to live on."
Rights-based approach key to alleviating poverty, Tracey Smith-Carrier, Policy Options
Smith-Carrier explores the barriers to access facing Canadians who need to access charitable food programs because of lack of income, arguing that the only way to truly eradicate poverty is to address the problem at its root by providing stable, livable incomes for all. From the piece: "It is time to shift away from the charitable model to a rights-based approach, guaranteeing people the right to food. People must have access to an adequate income that allows them to obtain their own food, and do so “in normal and socially acceptable ways,” ensuring personal dignity and choice. The perpetuation of food banks ensures the charitable-food model is preserved, and people remain hungry.: