World Food Day Highlight: Centering Justice in Canada’s Food System By Madeleine Frechette

October 16, 2020 was World Food Day, an annual event established by the United Nations with the aim of increasing awareness of various food issues facing the global community, such as world hunger and poverty, and inspiring strategies for the betterment of the global food system and solutions for lasting change. Unlike previous World FoodContinue reading “World Food Day Highlight: Centering Justice in Canada’s Food System By Madeleine Frechette”

Events: Fall Field Day Series By the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario

The month of October is full of amazing events an learning moments available from the Ecolological Farmers Association of Ontario and is dedicated to developing skills in sustainable agriculture and showcasing life on sustainable farms. These events are greatly beneficial to those who are interested in farming, gardening and sustainable agriculture. There are a fewContinue reading “Events: Fall Field Day Series By the Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario”

Article Highlight: Canada’s Food Price Report 2020 – Faculty of Management – Dalhousie University

This annual report by Dalhousie University has come up with some new figures and information in regards to the trajectory of food prices within the nation. It is a great source of information as we get to see major issues affecting food pathways as well as the ways in which the cost of food hasContinue reading “Article Highlight: Canada’s Food Price Report 2020 – Faculty of Management – Dalhousie University”

Article Highlight: Food Insecurity Is Associated With Higher Health Care Use And Costs Among Canadian Adults by PROOF

The PROOF (Food Insecurity Policy Research) team’s important new publication analyses how compared with fully food-secure adults, marginally, moderately, and severely food-insecure adults presented 26 percent, 41 percent, and 69 percent higher odds of acute care admission and 15 percent, 15 percent, and 24 percent higher odds of having same-day surgery, respectively. Conditional on acuteContinue reading “Article Highlight: Food Insecurity Is Associated With Higher Health Care Use And Costs Among Canadian Adults by PROOF”

A Food Network Response to COVID-19 in Peterborough by The Trent University Team

On March 19, two days after Premier Ford declared a state of emergency for Ontario, a ‘new’ food network emerged in Peterborough. It developed out of the Peterborough Food Action Network (PFAN) which, for 13 years, has promoted community food security in Peterborough City, County, and local First Nations. Maintaining the vision that “everyone inContinue reading “A Food Network Response to COVID-19 in Peterborough by The Trent University Team”

Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong

(Photo: Phil Wallis)  Lorraine Johnson is a self-described cultivation activist and author of numerous books on environmental issues and growing. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in literary studies from the University of Toronto, Johnson worked for many years as a book editor before writing her first book, Green Future: How to Make a World of a Difference (PenguinContinue reading “Healthy Ecosystems, Healthy Food Systems, Healthy Communities: An Interview with Urban Grower Lorraine Johnson by Angela Gong”

Article Highlight: First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter: Reflections on Farming and Racism by Brenda Hsueh, Black Sheep Farm

First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter Brenda Hsueh is an organic vegetable and sheep farmer in Grey County. She left the financial world of downtown Toronto 12 years ago to start the adventure of farming and hasn’t looked back since. Now she farms at Black Sheep Farm with her partner Skyler, andContinue reading “Article Highlight: First published in the EFAO’s Summer 2020 member newsletter: Reflections on Farming and Racism by Brenda Hsueh, Black Sheep Farm”

Food and Toronto’s Chinese Community through COVID-19 by Jackson Yue Bin Guo

In February, the traffic flow between the Pacific Mall and the Silver Star Blvd, a Chinese food mecca for the Greater Toronto Area, could be best described by a Chinese proverb: “Carriages flow like a stream and horses whinny like dragons”. The tasty kebabs, boiling hotpots, and hand-pulled noodles sold in the mall normally drewContinue reading “Food and Toronto’s Chinese Community through COVID-19 by Jackson Yue Bin Guo”

Article Highlight: New Research recommends Canada institute a Universal Healthy School Food Program

“Gary Hoyer and Chinh Do of George Brown College have just released Generating Success for Farm to School, a report that researches the benefits of farm to school. Its recommendations include instituting a universal healthy school food program across Canada, complemented with a farm to school approach.” This article is definitely worth a read, itContinue reading “Article Highlight: New Research recommends Canada institute a Universal Healthy School Food Program”

Food Banks and COVID-19: Challenges and Innovation in Response to the Pandemic By Eleonora Gagliardi and Sterling Stutz

Food banks are a relatively long-standing part of community landscapes across the country, and fill a critical role of feeding individuals and families who rely on their services. However, this was not always the case. When food banks were first introduced into Canada in 1981, they were meant to be a temporary measure, designed toContinue reading “Food Banks and COVID-19: Challenges and Innovation in Response to the Pandemic By Eleonora Gagliardi and Sterling Stutz”