Imagine… A young child travelling on the school bus for 45 minutes to get to school. Despite having breakfast, the child’s stomach is growling by the time class starts. A junior high school student with early morning soccer practice. It’s a mad rush to get to the field and then class, with no chance to start the day with a healthy breakfast. A child from … Continue reading Speaking Up for School Food
There is much work to be done to address food insecurity within Canada (and globally). We must dismantle racism, heal the wounds of the colonial food system, and reconnect our food and our health. Food as a human right was first recognized in law in 1948 in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and again in 1967 in the International Covenant on Economic, Social, … Continue reading Resetting the Table: Notes from Food Secure Canada’s 10th Assembly
Well, if you ask me, it’s an exciting time to be involved in food work! A National Food Policy is in the works (after approximately 30 long years of work towards that goal!). Food Secure Canada (FSC), a pan-Canadian alliance of organizations and individuals working together to advance food security and food sovereignty, has made extra efforts to ensure that individuals from across the country were … Continue reading Food Policy: Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Maritimes and Canada!
Halfway through its first term, the federal government has begun to develop a national food policy for Canada, including launching online consultations with Canadians and hosting a summit with stakeholders. This was a commitment made within the ministerial mandate letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. A friend asked me whether I think the national food policy will do any good. The People’s Food … Continue reading A Food Policy for Canada: Reasons for (Cautious) Optimism
Generally, farmers are not big fans of increased regulations and are always pushing for a streamlining and reduction of regulations. Some farmers and operators in Canada have more influence over this effort than others. And that really shows up in the proposed Safe Food for Canadians regulations. The Safe Food regulations will streamline food safety regulations for producers who are required to be Canada GAP … Continue reading Do Regulations Make Food Safe?
We have invited guest blogger, Niki Black, to share some of the pressing food issues highlighted in the Eat Think Vote campaign, led by Food Secure Canada and others across Canada, in advance of the federal election on October 19, 2015. This week, Niki describes the importance of healthy food in schools for the future of our children. How well do you learn on an empty … Continue reading Peer Pressure: We want a healthy school food program
We have invited guest blogger, Niki Black, to share some of the pressing food issues highlighted in the Eat Think Vote campaign, led by Food Secure Canada and others across Canada, in advance of the federal election on October 19, 2015. This week, Niki challenges our assumptions of what’s possible and delves into the issue of food insecurity, caused by a range of factors, the … Continue reading Poverty Bites Us All: We Want Zero Hunger in Canada