Crisis Within a Crisis: COVID-19 Leads the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization to Shine a Light on Food in Cities

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UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization Calls Food and Hunger a “Crisis Within a Crisis” of COVID-19     Food often suffers from the problem that it can’t get no respect as a public policy issue. But the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has been quick off the mark to produce a flurry of food-related briefings reminding [...]

Seeding climate action on Canada’s farms

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Low-input sustainable agriculture is helping farmers store carbon underfoot Like everybody else, farmers talk a lot about the weather without doing much of anything about it – likely because there’s not much they can do. But after a decade of wild swings in weather patterns, crop prices and farm debt levels, some Canadian farmers are [...]

Four ways COVID-19 will change food systems and food security

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It’s too early for precise answers to questions about the coronavirus pandemic’s long-term impacts on the ways food is produced, processed, distributed, eaten, recycled and appreciated. But my experience managing food policy issues in Toronto for one of the world’s leading city-based public health departments gives me some searching questions that can help us prepare [...]

5 Ways to Use Twitter to Promote Good Food for All

Winning friends and influencing people on Twitter is about earning. not winning, influence.

Can food tweets go viral amidst COVID-19? #coronavirus has been teaching us what viral means in terms of a scary communicable disease, not just the communicable media scene we’ve grown comfortable with. But a hyper-modern pandemic requires hyper-modern communications. The Twitterverse has come through the #COVID-19, #CoronaVirusUpdates experience with flying colours — providing a communications universe where health experts [...]

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems – Free Chapter

Imagining Sustainable Food Systems

I was fortunate to be asked to contribute to Alison Blay-Palmer’s new book, Imagining Sustainable Food Systems. It’s a terrific read — I encourage you to pick it up. For a sample of what you might expect, you can download my chapter for free. A review of the book appeared in the May 2011 issue [...]

Is being vegan the only green option?

To be or not to be (vegan)?

Join the discussion on how green and vegan issues relate; see my intro to the issues in this debate with PETA member Bruce Friedrich: http://www.newint.org/argument/2011/01/01/vegan-green-debate/

Do Food and Health Policy Have Anything to do with the Arizona Murders?

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There’s something a tad self-absorbed about the outpouring of media grief and analysis over a shooting rampage that left six dead in Arizona. Analysis is normally reserved for things that have larger numbers attached to them, like the uneventful and painfully slow death from starvation each day of at least 16,000 children (some reputable agencies [...]

Health Council Report Steps Up Criticism of Runaway Medical Spending

Thanks to New Year’s resolutions that haven’t run out of steam yet, my local gym is packed with fresh faces of people who look like they don’t normally look forward to an hour a day of sit-ups, lunges and push-ups, but feel like they have to if they want to lose a few pounds or [...]

The All-But-Secret Trade Deal Between Canada And Europe Needs A Close Look

Robert Assange need to be free so he can create some wikileaks buzz around all-but-secret but all-but- done trade deals that will lock Canada into policies that ban most of the tools needed to protect a local and sustainable food supply, no matter who wins the next federal elections. Discussions leading to an all-embracing “bilateral” [...]

How Biomass Is My Valley? Could Bio-Energy Be Worse Than Fossil Fuels?

Ontario’s recently-tabled Long-Term Energy Plan confirms the Liberal government’s commitment to both nuclear power and renewable sourcing of new electricity — with price offers and open grids that invite some 11000 megawatts of green power. That’s more than enough to allow the province to go coal-free within ten years — a big break for clean [...]

PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: PUTTING LIBERTY AND DEMOCRACY ON THE BONES OF A RENEWED FOOD SYSTEM

Here is the text of my keynote address to Food Secure Canada conference in Montreal, Saturday, November 27. It can be discouraging to learn how far we need to go in such a short time to set the world right, and the the world’s burdens can weigh heavily on our puny shoulders. It can also [...]

New Category! Foodbooks for Thought

Wayne is now reviewing books Jaylon Smith Youth Jersey about food policy, Jaylon Smith Kids Jersey food security, the environment under a new category, Jaylon Smith Jersey Foodbooks for Thought. Simply enter Foodbooks as a search term below, and the latest posts will pop up!

New Book Explains Why Big Cities Back Hometown Food

As a local food enthusiast, I often wonder: why is it that places most removed in their landscape from farms, most outward-turning in their economy, most cosmopolitan in their culture, most multicultural in their backgrounds, most futuristic in their outlook — North American cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Chicago, Toronto, New York and [...]

Corporate Knights’ The Killer Kernel

Wayne was recently interviewed by Toby A. Dak Prescott Kids Jersey A. Dak Prescott Jersey Heaps from Corporate Knights Magazine regarding the link between food policy and our health care system. Please Dak Prescott Authentic Jersey read The Killer Kernel.

A Raging Bull in a Tea Party Shop: What Foodies Can Learn from a City Election in Toronto that Foretold U.S. Mid-term Elections

I wrote most of this as an assessment of Toronto’s election during the day of October 25, before the polls were closed and any votes counted in Toronto’s city elections. I didn’t know who won, but I already knew what lost — Toronto’s longstanding consensus around the “radical middle” of city responsibilities for social belonging [...]