Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

This was written in Unama’ki, also known as Cape Breton, the unceded and traditional lands of the Mik’maq People. We are grateful to the Mi’kmaq for their stewardship of this territory, so that we may all continue to be nourished by the generosity of the plants and animals therein. My Food Sovereignty I am Cree-Métis, raised by my mother and my grandmother on a homestead … Continue reading Indigenous Food: Reclaiming Traditions, Rights, and Future

Resetting the Table: Notes from Food Secure Canada’s 10th Assembly

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

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!

What is a Sustainable Diet?

We often hear messages about healthy eating to support a healthy, active lifestyle, such as limiting sugar and salt and eating enough vegetables and fruits. We’ve also been hearing more about environmental aspects of the foods we eat, such as whether food production, processing and distribution contribute to climate change, impact biodiversity, and protect healthy soils, fresh water, oceans, and air. These messages come as … Continue reading What is a Sustainable Diet?

“Policies are tools and people need to have a say!” New video

The Our Food Project strengthens communities’ relationships to food by building ‘Positive Food Environments’. This includes creating a policy environment conducive to food security. Check out this short 4 min video to learn more! Here are some highlights from the video Aimee Carson, Our Food Project & Halifax Food Policy Alliance: “The idea behind the Halifax Food Policy Alliance is that in order to build momentum around … Continue reading “Policies are tools and people need to have a say!” New video

Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County

For the third year in a row now, the Ecology Action Centre’s Our Food Project has partnered with the Cumberland Food Action Network (CFAN), to produce a handy reference for locating local farmers markets in Cumberland County, NS. The Farmers Markets of Cumberland County (and neighbouring Westmorland, NB) postcard is a directory of farmers markets for the area, packaged in a funky, yet practical ‘stick … Continue reading Growing Farmers Markets in Cumberland County

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What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Building Healthy, Just & Sustainable Food Systems

There is no sound more soul-satisfying to me than the ‘snick’ of a lid sealing on a canning jar. After all the work of washing, cutting, cooking, and boiling, I have a tremendous sense of accomplishment and security from knowing that I have my food for the winter.  I love the creativity and experimentation – even the failures. By contrast, policy change to build healthy, … Continue reading What I’ve Learned from 20 Years of Building Healthy, Just & Sustainable Food Systems

No spray, organic, free-run… what do they all mean? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

No Spray. Artisan. Free-Run. Heirloom. Have you ever wondered what these food-related terms mean and how they are regulated? Well, we’ve got you covered! Our friends at the Greenbelt Farmers’ Market Network (Ontario) have compiled a short guide of food and farming terms that are commonly used to describe agricultural practices and products – we encourage farmers’ market goers to check these out below! General … Continue reading No spray, organic, free-run… what do they all mean? A Short Guide to Food and Farming Terms

Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in Our Institutions

Whether it’s about reducing our environmental footprint (looking at recycled content in paper) or advancing social justice (avoiding sweatshop labour), changing institutional procurement policies and practices is an important piece of the puzzle for a healthy and sustainable future. Increasingly, private and public institutions across North America are turning their attention to food – specifically foods that reflect our values – to ensure that we … Continue reading Pathways to Healthy, Local and Sustainable Food in Our Institutions

Are the Sustainable Development Goals for Us?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) developed in 2000 were part of a 15-year agenda to address critical health and social issues in the developing world, such as extreme poverty, a range of health issues, gender equality, and environmental sustainability. Those 15 years are over, and the United Nations has embarked on a consultative process to develop the next 15-year agenda. The result is 17 Sustainable Development … Continue reading Are the Sustainable Development Goals for Us?