Food for Thought

It is easier to trade in guns than bananas.    The time to act is now. Sign the petition for a bullet-proof Arms Trade Treaty at controlarms.org.

A Fork in the Road: Canadian Association for Food Studies

This weekend I have the great pleasure of spending time at the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference, “A Fork in the Road: Crossroads for Food Studies,” where some of Canada’s most respected scholars in food studies gather in collaboration with new and emerging scholars to share ideas, encourage research, and celebrate the work being done in this fascinating, interdisciplinary, and rather new field.

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Changing Targets

Our friend and agrarian journeyman James Douglas now finds himself in Israel, from where he sends this article and accompanying photos.  Imagine, a garden where a shooting range once was.  Is there any more powerful example of cultivating peace?

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A Cupcakey Afternoon

Photos and Text: Daryl Dano

Voices of little girls echoed in the living room, sounding more like competition to beat each other’s scores over a Play Station game than preparing to bake cupcakes. But when a mum came into the room and told them they were about to start, they immediately dropped the gadget and zoomed into the kitchen like Flash would race to the end of the universe.

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Letter Home from an Agrarian Journeyman in Australia

Dear Friends,

After spending a few months in Brisbane, Australia, getting to know some people in the food movement here, I’d like to share my experience and analysis with interested people in Canada. I have been WWOOFing to a number of farms and come across different parts of the distribution system of the city. Mostly I am interested in organic food, and co-operative, local food distribution systems that circumvent the national retailers.

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We Knead Love

I believe to love and be loved is our most fundamental need and our highest calling in life.

Sustained love requires commitment and devotion.  Similar to the act of kneading dough, love takes effort.  At times kneading (and needing) can be frustrating.  Both dough and love can be gooey and messy.  Anyone who has ever worked with dough knows it can stick all over your fingers and to the surface on which you work.  Just as in kneading dough, love is not for the faint-hearted.  Love tests our inner strength and our emotional endurance.  Love asks for our unwavering commitment and devotion.

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Food Insecurity: Uncomfortable Food Truths

By Wayne Roberts

Food policy specialist Dr. Catherine Mah grew up in a food-centred household. Later, she would regularly invite people over for dinner to celebrate the social aspects of eating. Now Mah invites a wide range of experts, including people who work in mental health and addiction, around the same table to talk food, as head of the Food Policy Research Initiative at the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit (OTRU) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. She is also an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. As a food system writer and public speaker, I was eager to sit down and share some food for thought with Mah.

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