Japan’s Earthquake-Tsunami Made Worse by High Risk Technologies Everywhere

Have we gone nuclear?

Japan’s ordeal upsets and confronts onlookers because of the way tragedies unfolding from the natural disaster of an earthquake and tsunami touched off the unraveling of a more ominous human mistake – construction of a nuclear power plant in a known earthquake zone. Other disasters of recent years – such as tsunamis in Indonesia and [...]

Are We Seeing the End of Supermarkets?

The end of the supermarket and begining of the superstore

I grew up with the habit of Thursday nights as the time when family shopped together at the local supermarket, and I always assumed, for good or ill, that supermarkets were permanent. It’s now clear that old style super-markets are on their way out. Beginning this month, Wal-Mart Canada kicks off its one-year agenda to [...]

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 [...]

Corporate Knights’ The Killer Kernel

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

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 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.

First Lady Obama Will Have Weightier Impact on Health Debates than Hubby

President Barack Obama’s efforts at reforming the U.S. approach to medical care won’t win many imitators in other countries. Indeed, he’s likely to be upstaged in global health debates by First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity. Lady Obama launched a Let’s Move anti-obesity campaign on February 9, and is already catching up with [...]

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 [...]

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.”

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 [...]

Changing the Food System is Just What the Doctor Ordered

Read this report, and call me in the morning.