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Upstream interventions start at home. When everyone has access to adequate housing, nutritious food, and support for early childhood development, we are thinking and acting upstream.

Let's explore a more complete story of food

Globalization has played an immense role in the way that we cultivate and produce our food. The globalization of food allows us to experience different cuisines from all around the world. It’s a luxury that is neither sustainable nor practical, and influences not only the way we prepare and consume... read more
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Canada's housing crisis is a public health emergency

In emergency rooms and front-line clinics, patients are triaged based on the urgency of their illness. The sickest are seen first, followed by those in less immediate danger. A high-quality health system would connect these efforts to a larger plan to prevent illness and keep people healthy, but still make... read more
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Co-operate on the path to food security

Having a choice in what we eat is something many of us take for granted, but four million Canadians aren't sure where their next meal will come from. Food insecurity is a real and imminent threat to the health of us all — but there's a lot we can do to... read more
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Cultivating a real plan for Canadian food security

Over the past few weeks, we have learned a good deal about what can be done to improve food security in Canada, a key element of our collective health. The scope of the issue is considerable, with over 3 million Canadians not getting enough to eat to 2014,  but what... read more
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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. read more
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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. read more
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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... read more
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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. read more
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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.  read more
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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... read more
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