Good food reads 06/19/2018

Good food, good jobs: Inclusive local economies (the Metcalf Foundation)

The Metcalf Foundation turned to five leaders in the food movement, including CFCC’s Kathryn Scharf, to discuss how to ensure everyone in our food system is earning a living wage.

“As a society, we’ve gotten used to not valuing food or the people who produce it.” - Kathryn Scharf

How Foodies Can Understand Capitalism and Farm-to-Table Justice (Nancy Matsumoto, Yes magazine)

A review of the latest book from Eric Holt-Gimenez looks at how capitalism and our food system and provides a tool kit for activists.
“Holt-Gimenez believes our food system can be a place for systemic transformation through an alliance between the progressive and radical wings of the food movement—marrying things like community-supported agriculture and food hubs with the food sovereignty movement.”

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

A recent report from Campaign 2000 breaks down child poverty by federal ridings, showing systemic issue and how it has grown concentrated in Toronto and Indigenous communities.

“ ‘After decades of waiting for federal action, the first poverty-reduction strategy must ensure Canada stops only tallying the number of children in poverty and starts to number poverty’s days instead,’ said Anita Khanna, Campaign 2000’s national co-ordinator.”

It Saves Lives. It Can Save Money. So Why Aren’t We Spending More on Public Health? (Aaron E. Carroll and Austin Frakt, New York Times)

This brief primer from the Upshot asks why the United States doesn’t invest more in in upstream public health, given it’s improved outcomes and affordability. All are questions we need to ask in Canada too.

“Instead of continually complaining about how much is being spent on health care with little to show for it, maybe we should direct more of that money to public health.”

If Canada wants to help the poor, it needs a new way to measure poverty (Michael Wolfson, the Globe and Mail)

Wolfson, an expert on poverty measurements, argues Canada needs a new, robust and federal measurement for poverty. This is especially true given the upcoming federal anti-poverty strategy.

“It’s time the federal government established an official poverty line – a dollar amount of income below which a person or family would be deemed to be ‘poor.’”