The Stress of Food Bank Food

I was  fully prepared for several days of poor eats when I took part in the Stop Community Food Centre’s Do the Math media stunt earlier this April, when ten well-known Torontonians signed on to stretch a three day ration of food bank grub for as long as possible. But I was shocked by how [...]

“If Id Known You Were Comin…” The Role of Food and Hospitality in Community Development

Here is a great presentation by Wayne regarding the role of food and hospitality in community development. He talks about the role food policy experts can take in understanding the global tradition of “breaking bread” and how  food bolsters connection and community with each other and other species.

The Problem Behind the Obesity Problem Keeps Getting Bigger

I went to school at a time when overweight was much rarer than sensitivity. We used to play a prank where we asked newcomers if they knew a way to lose ten pounds of ugly fat. Cut off your head, we’d roar. The error in scientific method that underlies this feeble joke is called “the [...]

Video: Food Policy and the New Urban Vision

Here is a video of Wayne speaking about food policy at the Toledo Public Library, from September 28, 2009.  Thanks to the WGTE-TV (PBS) and Knowledge Stream for making it possible.

TIME FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TO CHEAP FOOD

…what we eat – how it’s raised and how it gets to us – has consequences that can’t be ignored any longer.”

Let me be the first to say it: I think it might be okay for you to eat that mango?

I’m out on this limb because, when it comes to making green food choices, the beginning of wisdom is knowing how complex the whole matter has become. While the 100-mile diet makes for a dramatic storyline and expresses the green aspirations of today’s shoppers, it doesn’t necessarily say a great deal about sustainable or equitable [...]

LOCAL FARMERS HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT THEIR CHAINS

A crack lets the light in, the song goes, and a first crack has just appeared in the corporate walls of Canada’s top food retailers. Sobeys — a chain that flies the banner “the Hometown Advantage,” and which ten years ago took over a chain that called itself “Hometown Proud”– now confronts nine formerly locked-in [...]

Flic This! What Farmers and Food Artisans Can learn From Hollywood North

If only food were like the movies. If anyone in the Ontario government should ever want to do something to encourage quality jobs in local food production, there’s no need to look any further than the government’s own Ontario Media Development Corporation and its Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, which has just boosted the [...]

Red Ink: A Canadian View of Food Inc.

I read about Chef Jamie Kennedy possibly going broke on the front-page news (not bad profile for someone who’s not a banker or carmaker getting bailed out by the government) at the same time I got an invite to see the preview of Food Inc. So the chance to think about the two food happenings [...]

Feed the economy by eating locally and sustainably

A ten dollar a month per-person government incentive program to eat nutritiously and sustainably would pay for itself in avoided medical and pollution clean-up costs and also create jobs in hardhit local economies.

Video: Interview with Wayne at Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

I was asked to speak to the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in April 2009. IATP works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems and I was pleased to speak to them about local food systems and policy building. Wayne’s presentation [...]

Stimulate This! Whole New Field of Vision for Farm Environmental Services

There’s no shortage of recession-proofing job creation re-life after the collapse of banks, steel and auto plants collapse. Restoring natural capital is a better business opportunity than restoring antique furniture, cars, paintings or historic buildings.

Fusion Power

From Wayne’s archives. Fall 2008. I’m hanging out in the crowded back yard of a community recreation centre in Toronto’s west end on a warm and sunny fall day, listening to the reggae/funk/country sounds of a local band called Nine Mile, getting ready to cheer on two cooking teams in an Iron Chef competition featuring [...]

Buycotting

On the occasion of its 40th birthday in November 2006, This Magazine asked 40 past and present contributors—and some distinguished guests—for a big idea whose time has come. This is my idea. In a knowledge economy, few people know how to make things that can actually be used. That’s why shopping has a bright future, [...]

Changing the Food System is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Read this report, and call me in the morning.