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
When I meet someone I don’t know, I am often asked, “What do you do?” Responding that I work on food policy usually gets me a puzzled look or a quick change in topic. Everybody eats, so why is it so hard to talk about food policy? Food policy reminds me of the wizard behind the curtain in the Wizard of Oz; the wizard is … Continue reading Why is It So Hard to Talk About Food Policy?
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?
A lot of Nova Scotians who got to take part in Vandana Shiva’s visit to our province last weekend have gotten pretty energized about strengthening food security in our communities, our province, our country and our world. However, many of us are unsure how to influence political decisions that can help bring change. It’s pretty easy to become frustrated and disillusioned. The Food Action Committee … Continue reading How to Get Involved with the Political Process