Bare essentials: T.O. org puts women’s underpants on Haiti’s aid agenda

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On the second anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, let’s get down to a skimpy project that lays bare a whole lot about the men in charge of international emergency aid missions. This has to do with women’s drawers, and their new role in the agenda of global emergency assistance. The story starts here in [...]

The Pillars of Cheap Food are Cracking

World Food Crisis

The worldwide price level of food is taking a great leap upward for the second time in less than five years. My bet is that this food price hike will match a rise in oil prices for wrenching impact on geopolitics, especially as the two are intimately connected. Food cannot be fertilized and shipped without [...]

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” [...]

RESPECTING VOLUNTEERS OF THE GAIA CITY

Politics has changed so much since I grew up that I still have trouble coping with modern conservatives who are usually outraged by the way things are going and are very militant and venomous about the need for abrupt changes. I find today’s radicals equally out of character with my memories. Many old-time Toronto activists [...]

The Four Rs: Retooling Schools as Community Hubs

By sheer luck, I got a quick taste of the linked future of food and schooling last week. At the last minute, I was invited to fill an empty seat on a charter plane and come see a meal program in a First Nations Cree community of a thousand people in Fort Albany, near where [...]

Canadian Conservatives Scrapping of Long-Form Census Prevents Food Planning

It’s a pretty strong sign that we live in an information economy and society when the Conservative cancellation of the longform census became one of the hot button political issues of the summer season. I was stupefied when the Harper Conservatives dug in their heels, refusing to budge despite a chorus of harsh criticisms from [...]

Packaging “tax” — or is it fee? — comes to Ontario

Every time I see a shopper at the checkout counter stuff an armful of food into a purse or briefcase, I’m reminded how far Canadians will stretch themselves to save the five cent tax on plastic bags and do the right thing to cust back on packaging waste. Now we’re being asked to stretch some [...]

How to Plug the Legal Loophole that Caused the Gushing Hole in the Gulf

British Petroleum and the U.S. government can’t figure out how to cover up an underwater oil leak that’s spewing tens of thousands of gallons of oil day into the formerly rich fishery off the Gulf coast of Louisiana. But between the two of them, they’ve done a masterful job of covering up a hole in [...]

The Unknown Earthquake in Haiti’s Countryside

March, when next season’s crops are due to be planted in Haiti, is less than a month away. For the tens of thousands who have left the rubble and despair of Haiti’s capital to find shelter in some 500 camps throughout the countryside, it could be their chance to plant a new life for themselves [...]

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.”

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

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, [...]

Sharing Food and Work Creates an Upside to the Economic Down

Hang in for the introductory lecture on Chaos Theory 101, and you’ll be able to follow and lead the economics debate in fresh ways.