Food Connections in a New Place

Food connects to us to different cultural traditions and to the people, lands and waters in different parts of the world. The reverse is also true; travelling can make us miss all the foods of home. But, neither of these are permanent. Travel trips are typically short, and it can be exciting to try a new food or cuisine for one meal. The reality for … Continue reading Food Connections in a New Place

Giving Food as Food Futures: a new way to think about food security in Nova Scotia

Do you have someone on your gift list that is hard to buy for? Someone socially and environmentally conscious? Someone who wants to support the Nova Scotian economy? Someone in tune with the food insecurity situation in Nova Scotia? How about donating $20 to the Barefoot Farmers Association on their behalf? A gift with real impact that creates an investment in our food security. When … Continue reading Giving Food as Food Futures: a new way to think about food security in Nova Scotia

The Food Trade Game: the nitty gritty of Fair Trade coffee

I had the pleasure of playing The Food Trade Game recently. In a very short time I gained a great understanding of the complex world of Fair Trade coffee and the global coffee trade.   What is the game? The game is an experiential learning opportunity where each person embodies a different player in the coffee economy including both the conventional and fair trade systems … Continue reading The Food Trade Game: the nitty gritty of Fair Trade coffee

Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!

We’ve all heard about climate change, right? We may not always be able to discern the changes we’re experiencing because of it, but our planet needs help. Last week, the UN’s intergovernmental panel on climate change released a report detailing an urgent need for change – globally. One of its key messages is that we’re already seeing the consequences of 1C global warming with more … Continue reading Sticking Your Fork to Climate Change!

All We are Saying is Give Fresh a Chance!

In June of 2018, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released a revised version of its school food policy 711 in support of “Healthier School Food Environments”. The policy does not impact food and beverages that students bring from home. Instead, it applies to food served in schools or school-related events and activities (i.e. cafeterias, classrooms, co-curricular, and extra-curricular events, fundraising … Continue reading All We are Saying is Give Fresh a Chance!

Different Problems, Different Solutions: Food Waste and Household Food Insecurity

You’ve likely been hearing a lot more about food waste lately. It is a significant problem and not easy to fix. There are many reasons that food is wasted at every stage from land and sea to our kitchens. For example, a late frost may kill a tender fruit crop; tomatoes are bruised on their bumpy way to the grocery store; or businesses or individuals … Continue reading Different Problems, Different Solutions: Food Waste and Household Food Insecurity

When Healthy Eating is Undermined by Poor Health

I lived in London, England for a year in my early twenties, travelling through London Bridge train station on my way to work.  I would often pass by a young man sleeping rough and asking for change. I had very little spare money myself at that time, but I wanted to help. I offered him an apple from my packed lunch. He showed me his … Continue reading When Healthy Eating is Undermined by Poor Health

Food Policy: Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Maritimes and Canada!

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!

Why is It So Hard to Talk About Food Policy?

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?