Food Security

Telelearning Session 23: The Role of the Social Economy in Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems - Oct. 19, 9-10 am PST

Tuesday, October 19 2010, 9:00 – 10:00 am Pacific Time (12:00 pm Eastern time)

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This session will explore how to build more sustainable food and agriculture systems.

May 13, 2010- Action plan to act as blueprint for regional food security

Action plan to act as blueprint for regional food security
Stefania Seccia, Westerly News
Published: Thursday, May 13, 2010

Community gardens, infrastructure and food policy development are among some of the opportunities the Clayoquot Biosphere Region Food Action Plan has identified to increase food access and security.

May 6, 2010- Farm advoate educates West Coast on thinking like an island

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Renowned farm advocate shared his "laundry list" of ideas on how to establish food security in the face of an ever-changing world.
Michael Ableman gave a talk as Earth Week was winding down on April 25, in both Tofino and Ucluelet, on the subject of island food security and sustainability.

April 29, 2010- Grower's co-operative to be explored

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“A wonderful starting point for the potential of a vibrant new industry in our community,” is how Carmen Rockwell-Hoover describes a recently announced Co-operative Development Initiative program grant.
Rockwell-Hoover is co-ordinating a study conducted by Greenheart Herbal Society to determine the viability of a herb growers’ co-operative in the Creston Valley.

March 11, 2010- Prof: 15% of households battle hunger

Five-year study will look at why some can’t afford to put food on the table
By CLARE MELLOR Staff Reporter, The Chronicle Herald
Thu. Mar 11, 2010
Studies show as many as 15 per cent of Nova Scotia households have a problem putting food on the table.
"We know . . . that some people do experience hunger," Patricia Williams, a professor at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, said Wednesday.
"Some people go without for many days at a time."

March 5, 2010- Community groups receive funding to promote food security

The Telegram- March 5, 2010

The provincial government announced today it will distribute $247,000 to seven community-based organizations under the Provincial Wellness Plan.
According to a news release, the funding supports projects designed to address food security issues. The grants are in addition to the Provincial Wellness Grants, which will be awarded in the coming weeks.

February 22, 2010 - Council considers food plan

By Allison Vail - Ladysmith Chronicle

Ladysmith is considering adopting a food charter.
Members of the Cowichan Green Community visited Ladysmith’s government services committee meeting on Feb. 15 to talk about the Cowichan Food Charter, a document that outlines the future of food and food security in the CVRD.
“We are an environmental organization said Judy Stafford during a presentation.
The organization has been involved in building community gardens and is mapping food production in the Cowichan Valley.

January 7, 2010- We have food issues

January 7, 2010- The Ottawa Citizen

The British government has a new strategy to ensure a sustainable, secure food supply for the next 20 years. Canada's political leaders, by contrast, haven't even begun to talk about this.

This unpreparedness will almost certainly cause unnecessary hardships for Canadian farmers and consumers, sooner than we think. The global crisis in food prices in the second half of the past decade was mitigated somewhat by the global recession, but prices are still high and aren't likely to go down.

Oct 15, 2009: Canada needs a national food strategy

Published on Thu Oct 15, 2009 –

What is most disturbing about Canada's food system is not the degraded quality, the impact on health, the devastation of natural resources from industrial fishing and farming, the impoverishment of food producers, the inequitable access that leaves so many Canadians undernourished, or even the safety scares that have us checking for recalls along with prices.