Our food issues are so much bigger than overpriced cauliflower

We’ve fielded several calls lately from journalists working on stories about rising food prices. You've probably read a few: most aim to provide quick tips for how Canadians can make a dollar go further in the grocery store, and how to eat healthy for less.

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We need food policy action for health equity

We all have a personal food policy that speaks to our health, our income level, our ethical and cultural priorities. Yet if we were to look at our country, we would find it deeply divided when it comes to food.

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Basic income could end food insecurity

Eating is an essential act of survival that we do every day. But eating is much more than biology. It's also social, cultural, psychological, emotional and political.

The food we eat and the circumstances we eat it in tell us who we are and where we belong in our society.

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Smart policy can restore food deserts

A ‘food desert’ is an urban area where people face serious physical and economic obstacles to accessing healthy foods, especially without access to a personal vehicle.

Here in Saskatoon, we had a large food desert that was restored to sustainability by a co-operative grocery store. Now that it has closed after three and a half years of operation, healthy food access is once again a problem in Saskatoon’s inner city.

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Nunavut needs a sustainable food system

Food prices are incredibly inflated in order to compensate for the high costs of shipping, storage, and running a grocery store in the north. The federal government program Nutrition North Canada aims to make foods more accessible and affordable for northern communities by applying a subsidy to healthy foods.

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Canadian interest in basic income surges

Canada first experimented with universal income in the 1970s.  For decades, the evidence has told us that providing everyone with enough income to meet basic needs can be an effective, and cost-effective as a way to eliminate poverty and improve our health and well-being.

With trials beginning in Ontario, policy makers waxing optimistic, and an explosion in public interest (shown below), it seems the dawn may finally be rising for basic income in Canada.

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Stop excluding the provincial north from Canada's food insecurity crisis

The ‘ice roads’ that connect remote communities in northern Canada are like busy highways in the winter. Many people travel on the winter road to get perishable goods at lower prices, or non-perishable stuff in bulk quantities. Some foods just aren’t available at all in remote northern communities. 

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Food self-sustainability is both possible and necessary

The price of fruits and vegetables seems to be on everyone's mind these days, as costs rise, especially imports. Canada had food import sales of $32.3 billion in 2012, with 61 per cent coming from the US.

As exporters like California struggling to maintain production in the face of challenges like climate change, Canada must aim to improve our own self-sufficiency. The key to a successful transition is to start early, with small changes.

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Canada must 'grow' its capacity for health and food security

Fruits and vegetables, the necessary foods that keep us healthy, are getting more expensive all the time. Hyper-processed foods, on the other hand, are too cheap. The game is rigged for unhealthy diets in Canada.

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Hungry Canadians: Changing the conversation from food charity to the right to food

Graham Riches argues that there is a need to reframe the issue of food insecurity in terms of rights, not charity. First published for Impact Ethics.

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