St. James Town is unique in its density and population but has similar food security problems as many communities across Toronto and across the country.
by Darcy Higgins
Yesterday on my way home, I ran into a community member I recognized from St. James Town, who was asking for change, and I stopped to chat. “Hunger is a big problem,” she told me, after we discussed my advocacy work.
Residents of St. James Town have often felt ignored by different levels of government when it comes dealing with issues that matter to them. But they are also very self-reliant, reacting head on to difficulties and a deficiency of resources with community spirit and innovation.
Disparities in hunger and nutrition are being addressed with on the ground discussions and projects in community food security. The work in this and nearby neighbouhoods by L.I.F.T., Green Thumbs Growing Kids, Youth4Health, UforChange and support from groups like Evergreen and FoodShare have helped with these issues, while also enhancing meals, greenspace, education and community building.
Many solutions are being explored and implemented in these community projects with an increasing growth of young leaders in food projects and related work.
Read more: http://stjamestown.ca/2011/04/15/48/
For the first time national food policies, from GM seeds to school lunches, are part of five parties' platforms.
By Colleen Kimmett, Yesterday, TheTyee.ca
Voters are hungry for food policy. All five federal political parties apparently think so, given that each of them has made a national food strategy part of their platforms this election. It's a first, and food advocates across the country are pleased to see it.
Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff was out front, and now the NDP, Conservative, Bloc Quebecois and Green parties have followed suit with their own promises to support a Canadian food policy in some form or another.
Many developing countries, after all, including Brazil, India and Bangladesh already have long-term policy goals and plans around food security.
Last year the governments of Britain and Australia committed to developing national food strategies and the call for a similar plan here in Canada has been growing from a chorus of diverse interests: farmers, industry, consumers, social justice non-profits, environmental NGOs and academics.
They all agree on one thing: in the face of global food shortages, climate change and a growing world population to feed, Canada needs to have a national discussion about food. What is much less clear is what should be included in a national food strategy, and how the federal government should pursue it.
Discuss and act!
What's your food vision for Canada? What problems need solving and what policies should we put in place?
Time to ask the candidates in your riding what they think about the need to change food policy, and more importantly, what they'll do for food in Toronto.
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