“It all starts with saying food matters and we need to link food programming with galvanizing our community to speak out and create political heat around these larger structural programs.”
Every week, in Britain and across the world, new food banks are opening their doors. Ballooning numbers of people in the US, one of the wealthiest nations on earth, inhabit tent cities and the OECD tells us that income disparity in industrialised nations has reached a thirty-year high.
How can a city feed itself?
Can local food be made available to every citizen, regardless of their income and access to transportation?
Is it possible to eliminate the need for food banks in our cities?
Can we grow our own food in the urban environment?
These questions are contemplated every day by people who are active in organizations that are actually doing something about it.
Fresh food was the focus of the “Big Ideas” concept by Debbie Field, executive director of FoodShare Toronto, in the Saturday Star last month.
“What if Toronto agreed to put first in planning, urban design and social policy . . . fresh fruits and vegetables within a 15-minute walk of everyone’s home?” Field questioned.
February 4, 2014
It's a big struggle to eat nutritiously. The food industry, with a mammoth budget for advertising and promotion, tempts us every waking moment with calorically dense, sugar and salt laden junk and serving and package sizes that seem to grow ever larger.
Craig and Mark Kielburger continue their series on food issues in Huffington Post with a pice focused on poverty and diet-related illness and obesity. Read it here, and scroll to the bottom for a photo slideshow that explores the ways food access, skills and education programs at The Stop, The Table, and The Local Commuity Food Centres work in tandem to foster healthier communities.
Most Americans think of Canadians as their nice northern neighbors, prone to superfluous apologies. Sorry (yes) to burst that bubble, but we also have a deep self-congratulatory streak. Among ourselves we can be smug, extoling the virtues of our kinder, gentler social safety net. These hard-won achievements are worthy of a few pats on the back, sure, even though as in most other nations in the industrialized world, that net is growing taut and frayed.
Canadian anti-poverty activist Nick Saul warns the UK against adopting a model that fails to tackle the causes of hunger
There's an uncomfortable passage in Canadian activist Nick Saul's food-bank memoir, The Stop, where he is taken aside by Dorothy, a long-time volunteer in her 60s. She says she's unhappy with the changes he is making. She hates his new rules that limit how much food can be given, and to whom, and how often. Exasperated, she exclaims: "Aren't we supposed to be giving to the needy?"
Despite having an enviable roster of speakers and presenters from all over, it is excellent to see that this year’s Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival is celebrating homegrown local talent with the inclusion of a number of Chefs who call Stratford their home.
In anticipation of this weekend’s celebrations we had a chat with Stratford’s own Jordan Lassaline, who will be presenting a session on Saturday at 5pm on the Toronto Star Culinary Stage.