By Dylan C. Robertson
Media determinists of all stripes have hailed the role of Twitter, Facebook and other social media in prompting the recent pan-Arab revolts. Though it could be argued that these revolts were bound to happen eventually, the catalyst isn’t likely social media — it’s food.
One of the main causes of the French Revolution was a combination of a mismanaged economy and climate change that resulted in soaring bread prices. The Egyptian uprisings have been compared to the French Revolution by many columnists (and the comparison dismissed, as well). On the same note, The Daily Telegraph declared the events in Tunisia and Egypt to be “food revolutions.”
The cost of food is on the rise, with devastating impacts across the Global South. At the start of a recent podcast episode, NPR’s Planet Money discussed the rising cost of wheat, which makes up roughly 70 percent of bread prices in Egypt but only two percent in the U.S.
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Don't cut school breakfast programs
To the editor:
Canada is one of a few Western countries with no national school meal program.
Despite this, the Toronto Partners for Student Nutrition program, with funding from the province and the city, is able to help provide a healthy meal to 126,000 students, with a plan to get to 44,000 more.
The bulk of the funding for these programs comes through volunteer and neighbourhood fundraising, as well as contributions from parents.
Toronto Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown has recommended an increase in funding of just under $300,000 to extend this program to 30 more low-income school communities, where many children are at risk nutritionally.
Read more of Darcy's letter in Toronto Community News here .
Watch Opal's story. Opal, a community food animator with FoodShare and previously a volunteer at The Stop, discusses her reasons for community gardening in Toronto. Access to healthy food is important for all of us, and projects that take this into consideration and their many workers and volunteers are benefiting Torontonians every day. Let's keep going.
Opal, a friend of Food Forward, shares the links between growing food, healthy food access, advocacy and social planning.
This digital story was developed by our partners in the FoodShed Project.