Agro-Ecology Is the Oldest and Newest Form of Bio-Mimicry: Count the F Words

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, and the intricate form of food production practiced by peasants through much of Asia and South America still express that flattery in relation to Nature. In the Global North, all food production except hunting and gathering is commonly referred to as agriculture. But in the Global South, the [...]

Feast & Famine: Shifting to a Sustainable Food System

The Canadian International Council, Toronto Branch & The Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto present Feast Famine: Shifting to a Sustainable Food System. Featured Panelists: Professor Harriet Friedmann, Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Rosemary McCarney, President & CEO, Plan Canada Dr. Wayne Roberts, Toronto Food Policy Council Margaret Webb, author of Apples [...]

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 [...]

Eating Your Pride on a Welfare Diet

(Adapted from NOW Magazine, 2000-1) When I went on a welfare diet last week, I didn’t realize just how quickly I would have to swallow my pride. At the request of Daily Bread Food Bank, about 20 politicians, journalists and policy wonks agreed to try eating on the same budget as people on social assistance. [...]

Governments Continue Tax Breaks for Junk Foods and Over-packaging

Most people think of food as tax-free, but it’s not. The issue is not so much the absence of taxes on food, but the lack of purpose behind them.  The general public calls such levies tax grabs. Among fans of smart public policy, they’re called dumb taxes. The federal government, with which most provinces will [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]