Good Food Reads | July 2017

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

“'Garbage food for garbage people' not solution to hunger” by Lisa Queen (

Activists gather in Newmarket, Ontario, to tackle food insecurity in York Region, north of Toronto. From the piece: “We’re looking at household food insecurity, which is people’s inability to afford food essentially based on a lack of income and how that problem is only getting worse. It’s certainly not getting better, with the kinds of approaches we’ve been using as a society, such as charitable food programs like food banks,” [keynote speak, dr. Lisa Simon] said.

“Therefore, (there is) a real need to look at income-based solutions to addressing household food insecurity.”


Amazon Prime does more for northern food security than federal subsidies, say Iqaluit residents” by Sara Frizzell (CBC News)

Canada’s federal government failure to ensure healthy and affordable food is available in the far north is pushing more and more people to rely on Amazon for necessities. From the piece: "If there was something that was more targeted towards people who are genuinely food insecure that would have a bigger impact in the community," [Wade Thorhaug, with the Qayuqtuvik Society] said."


Growing communities: Urban gardening boom brings Halifax neighbourhoods together” by Nicole Gnazdowsky (Metro Halifax)

With warmer weather here, a quick look at how community gardens are doing more than just growing food in the Halifax area. From the piece: ““Food can convene a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds together and it’s a common language across different groups.” [Jen] Organ said.”


Bugging out: How we'll feed ourselves in 2167” by Evan Fraser (The National Post)

This professor looks towards Canada’s 300th anniversary, what are some of the possible places our food system could end up. From the piece: Agriculture and food systems will be as unrecognizable to Canadians 150 years from now as modern farming would be to people in 1867, when it was small-scale, depended on draft animals and extremely local. Emerging trends point to changes that will likely reshape what we eat and how we produce it.”


Making food more accessible in underserved neighborhoods” by Lisa Deaderick (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

The Project New Village is an initiative in southeastern San Diego that is working to increase food security and improve social wellness. From the piece: An equitable food system would produce different outcomes by making healthy food available to all, providing good jobs, and fostering healthy neighborhoods. And it would strengthen the economy by bolstering incomes, spurring business development, and contributing to equitable economic development in segregated and long-distressed neighborhoods.”


Why We Can’t Talk About Race in Food” by Bonnie Tsui, Shakirah Simley, Stephen Satterfield, Dakota Kim and Tunde Wey (CivilEats)

Five writers look at how so often people of colour are pushed out of the conversation on food, online and elsewhere. From the piece: “Food is not your separate, happy, safe sphere, away from politics. Food is politics. Food is culture.”


Food Counts: A Pan-Canadian Sustainable Food Systems Report Card” by Charles Z. Levkoe, Rachael Lefebvre, and Alison Blay-Palmer

Three Canadian professors take a big, broad, academic deep dive into this country’s food systems. From the piece: “A fundamentally different way of governing food systems is required - one that is rooted in a coherent alignment of social justice, support for local economies, ecological regeneration and deep democratic engagement with producers, harvesters, processors, retailers, eaters and Indigenous Peoples.”


On Cleveland’s Largest Urban Farm, Refugees Gain Language and Job Skills” by Chris Hardman (CivilEats)

A look at how one Ohio program to settle newcomers is helping to plant the seeds of community and vital skills. From the piece: “Since Donald Trump took office in January, the United States has become a less friendly place for people born in other countries. But various community groups across the U.S. have long supported refugees—often through efforts focused on agriculture.”


'I'm living off my children': Basic income could break cycle of poverty” by Kevin Yarr (CBC News)

Consultations begin on Prince Edward Island’s proposed universal basic income get moving, but are finding a roadblock from the federal government in their way. From this piece: In December, MLAs voted unanimously to have the province work with the federal government in hopes of setting up a pilot project. But the federal government has offered only to provide data to support the project, and no money.”

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