Whether it is food for the poor, food that is safe, food not wasted all people have the moral right to have the food necessary to live healthy lives.
September 2, 2020 - Seachoice.org
Will you help hold your retailer accountable to its seafood commitment?
This week, SeaChoice released its third annual watchdog report on Canada’s eight major retailers’ sustainable seafood policies through Seafood Progress. Seafood Progress clearly shows the seafood sustainability goals your grocery store has set, which products they cover, and how much progress they are making. Learn more
Mexico Announces Phase-Out and Ban on Glyphosate Herbicides
July 28, 2020 - Sustainable Pulse
Where is Canada regarding the use of glyphosate herbicides? We are apparently in the top 5 countries using this carcinogenic chemical along with the US, Brasil, Argentina and India. Recently India has acted to reduce its use.
ACTION: Tell your member of parliament to work to eliminate its use in Canada.
To help understand why glyphosate use is so prevalent read the posting below.
Why “saying no to GMO” is good for the small farms and the environment
June 16, 2020 - NB Media Coop, by Hannah Moore
Read more about how GMO seed and control affects small farmers around the world, and what can do about it. - READ MORE
Jane Goodall: humanity is finished if it fails to adapt after Covid-19
Primatologist calls for overhaul of food habits to prevent a future pandemic
June 2, 2020 - The Guardian
conservation campaigner, speaking alongside two European commissioners at an online event held by the campaigning group Compassion in World Farming...
...People must move away from factory farming and stop destroying natural habitats as a matter of urgency, she said, because of the threat of diseases and of climate breakdown. Factory farming is linked to the rise of antibiotic resistant superbugs, which threaten human health. ...Read more
Resilient gardens for a changing climate
Planting hope and harvesting joy!
May 20, 2020 - OFM JPIC - World Earth Day
Why not take advantage of this confinement period? Let’s make it an opportunity to reconnect with our Sister Mother Earth. We can also invest in the future by taking on new (and necessary) lifestyle changes. How about stepping up and growing your own food? ...READ MORE
Shorten Your Food Chain
April 28, 2020 - https://www.facebook.com/AgroResilience/
They produced a series of news pieces that looks at each of the six steps that make up Seafood Progress in detail – highlighting trends, shortcomings and leaders in action: Commitments, Data Collection policies, Responsible Sourcing practices, Transparency, Education, and Supporting Improvements of the most unsustainable commodities sold in high volumes across Canada. Visit Seafood Progress to see how different retailer scored. Read the newsletter
Ask Health Canada to disallow glyphosate...
June 20, 2019
manufacturer of glyphosate, has been ordered to pay damages for glyphosate's contribution to a case of lymphoma. Bayer/Monsanto currently faces over 13,400 more similar cases.
READ MORE AND SIGN THE PETITION
Your questions about food and climate changed are answered
May 1, 2019 -- The New York Times
Food processors like Saputo and McCains are responsible for the most food waste in Canada
Pastor’s surprising solution for food poverty leads to a boost in his congregation
February 10, 2019 - Aleteia
When Pastor Heber Brown III saw an increased number of his congregation with health issues as a direct result of their diet, he decided to take matters into his own hands — literally. The pastor of the Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore came up with the idea of using the 1,500 square-foot piece of land surrounding the church to grow fresh produce, such as kale and summer squash…. The church-grown vegetables were then sold to members of his church at more affordable prices than in the local shops. Although the crops produce an impressive 1,100 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, Brown came up with the idea of also including local farmers markets into his healthy eating incentive.
…“We saw attendance bump up in our worship, we saw a great energy … and it went so [well] here, that I wondered what would happen if we could spread it through other churches and create a network of churches that do the same thing.” READ MORE
Fighting to end food waste in Canada
October 21, 2018 - Change.org
Costco, Loblaw's, Safeway and Sobey's mislabel fish
September 30, 2018 - SumOfUs
Almost a quarter of all fish in from Costco, Loblaw's, Safeway and Sobey's and all other stores in Canada are mislabelled according to a just-released study. But that's not the worst of it: 100% of all snapper, butterfish and yellowtail was mislabelled and fraudulent.
Protect consumers' health and ensure boat-to-source traceability for all seafood products in Canada.
READ MORE and tell CFIA to stop seafood fraud.
CBC - Canadians get creative in solving food waste problem
September 3, 2018
BC News spoke to several businesses to see how they're developing creative solutions and technology to reduce the tons of food that end up in landfills.
This could easily be a topic for a fraternity meeting encouraging discussion. DOWNLOAD pdf file
New Your Times
Our industrialized food system nourishes more people, at lower cost, than any comparable system in history. It also exerts a terrifyingly massive influence on our health and our environment. Photographer George Steinmetz spent nearly a year traveling the country to capture that system, in all its scope, grandeur and dizzying scale. His photographs are all the more remarkable for the fact that so few large food producers are willing to open themselves to this sort of public view.
SEE THE PHOTO STORY
This Quebec Small Farmer is proving that it's possible!
My mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to work together towards multiplying the number of small ecological farms all over the world. This I believe, is how we can replace the poison and destruction of industrial agriculture with a food system based in nature and community. Food grown with care, by and for people who care. — JM Fortier
Also see their short 2:15 min video - http://www.themarketgardener.com/film
Creation care through food
A Rocha began its foray into sustainable agriculture over ten years ago through our Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) project in Surrey, BC. Building on our success in organic farming, we’re equipping community gardeners across Canada to grow food for their less-fortunate neighbours through our Community Garden Network. We’re turning schoolyards into farmyards in inner-city neighbourhoods through our Farm to Families project. And we’re bringing hope and health to newcomers to Canada through our Earth to Table project in Hamilton, ON. ...LEARN MORE
French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food
April 2, 2018 - NPR
Food waste is a global problem. In developing countries, food spoils at the production stage. Well-off nations throw it away at the consumption stage. Grocery stores are responsible for a lot of that waste. France is trying to change that with its 2-year-old law.
Comment - FVC: Canada could benefit from a similar law. Make this idea a topic of discussion in your fraternity and community; tell your government representative.
Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
March 19, 2018 - CBC - The Passionate Eye
Watch any of 3 short videos about 1 minute long or the full documentary. It will change your attitude about our food and its wastage. We can spread this important message to our families, friends, communities, towns, cities.... - it's a powerful message and worth the time to watch.- FVC
Confronting the perfect storm - how to feed the future
Argentina's vegan Monday
Some countries are considering ways to get people to stop eating meat
concern. The rate of obesity among its boys is the highest in Latin America, and among girls it is the third-highest. This has been linked to various causes, including excessive eating of beef. Daily consumption per person in Argentina—150g—is over double the recommended amount.
And health concerns are not the only ones cited by those looking to reduce meat consumption. The livestock sector accounts for 15% of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions–the equivalent of all the vehicles in the world. Animal pastures have been blamed for 90% of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Beef is a particularly voracious user of water, with 15,000 litres of water needed to produce a kilogram of the meat. READ MORE
Food Insecurity and Agribusiness - there's a better way
What we need is a profound and radical transformation, or dare we say, conversion of the world food system. Around the world, people are migrating within and across borders, and for many of them, hunger and food insecurity are driving them. We know that climate change, conflict, and political instability are adversely affecting food security, but if communities are still facing hunger today it is because of the flawed and damaging way in which we produce and distribute food around the world. Indeed, at the heart of the problem, and perhaps the solution, is our very relationship to food and the land it grows on.
Food insecurity is largely driven by a food system that is highly controlled by agribusiness, believed to be the only model capable of producing large volumes of food – and waste. But more food is not the same as less hunger!
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Wangari Maathai & The Green Belt Movement
October 18, 2017
Wangari Maathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and political activist. In the 1970s, Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement, an environmental NGO focused on environmental conservation and women's rights. In 2004, she became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her contributions to sustainable development, democracy, and peace.
The Green Belt Movement (http://greenbeltmovement.org) organizes rural women in Kenya to plant trees, an effort that combats deforestation while generating income for the community and promoting empowerment for women. Since Maathai founded the Movement, over 40 million trees have been planted and over 30,000 women have been trained in forestry, food processing, beekeeping, and other sustainable, income-generating activities.
September 26, 2017 - Yes! Magazine
How to Feed Ourselves in a Time of Climate Crisis
Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system, from saving seeds to curbing food waste.
Changing the food system is the most important thing humans can do to fix our broken carbon cycles. Meanwhile, food security is all about adaptation when you’re dealing with crazy weather and shifting growing zones. How can a world of 7 billion—and growing—feed itself? Here are 13 of the best ideas for a just and sustainable food system. Learn More
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