Canadian Right to Food Trial

March 5-9 2012 in Calgary, Alberta

The decision of the trial judge will impact 35 million Canadians.
The CR2FT originated with a bylaw infraction for the possession of urban chickens in Calgary, Alberta. It has since evolved and morphed into a complex legal argument involving such issues as :
A) The jurisdiction of a municipality to determine what we consume. Continue reading

Occupy the Food System Today!

occupy our food supply

Occupy Our Food Supply is bringing together the Occupy, sustainable farming, food justice, buy local, slow food, and environmental movements for a global day of action on February 27, 2012. Inspired by the theme of CREATE/RESIST, thousands will come together to creatively confront corporate control of our food supply and take action to build healthy, accessible food systems for all. Continue reading

PeaceMeal Launches at the National Peace Academy Conference

Last weekend we traveled to Boulder Colorado for the National Peace Academy Peacelearning Conference on Ecological Peace. Aside from wanting to simply connect with other peacemakers to share ideas and get inspired, we also went to launch a new project. After many months of pondering, plotting and “peacing” things together, on February 19, the PeaceMeal Project was officially born. Continue reading

Seeds: Schmeiser v. Monsanto



Animals. Seeds. God. People. Persons.

This was the answer by the youngest audience member to the question “What is life?” during the pre-show audience interview at Tuesday night’s performance of Seeds.  So powerful and simple a reply, the lead actress began the show wiping tears from her face, saying, “That’s unfair to do to a pregnant woman!” Continue reading

Non-Violent Agriculture

Farmer and Volunteer at Bija Vidyapeeth, Navdanya’s Biodiversity Conservation Farm July 2010

Vandana Shiva on Sustaining India’s Agriculture

Environmental activist Vandana Shiva has been working to build an organic agriculture movement across India for the past 22 years through the Navdanya Trust, an organization that she founded and directs. She recently spoke with Worldwatch India Fellow Anna da Costa about the connections between sustainable agriculture, climate change, and poverty alleviation. Continue reading

Local food = ethical food? Doesn’t always work that way


From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 12:00AM EST
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 6:08PM EST

Lionel Campbell says it all started with a pain in his chest. The 28-year-old, who came to Canada from Jamaica as a temporary worker in 2008, had been planting, picking and spraying cucumbers at a Southwestern Ontario greenhouse for nearly two years.

Sometimes, the chemicals he sprayed burned his nostrils. Sometimes, they burned his eyes. Sometimes, the spray was so thick, he could taste it. Continue reading