Archive for April, 2011

Food Secure Canada’s Comic Contest


The next generation of Farmville players from across Canada tried their hand at drawing up some cartoons for FSC’s Good Food Hero Comic Contest.   A few of the winning strips have been posted online and the top 30 are going to be published in an upcoming comic book.

Note that FSC’s People Food Policy Project has recently released their Policy documents in good time before the election.  Their “Get Involved” section lists some great actions that almost anyone can take if they wish to participate.  I especially like their How-To for “Asking your federal election candidates a hard-hitting food question” and they have even posted a PDF listing key questions [PDF, 150 KBs].



Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy


As I currently sit on one of the city’s advisory committees, I find Dave’s presentation quite inspiring. His example of the Toronto newspaper announcement for a zoning change and a magazine story about a campaign opposing the privatization of transit are sharp contrasts to how similar information for the arts and entertainment are presented.

The Future of Food – BBC Series


Last night on TV Ontario I caught the last bit of a very good food documentary filmed by the BBC.  For the most part, I found it’s content to be very well balanced and it easily drew me in with the numerous conversations of both global and local food issues.

Of particular interest (around the  8:00 minute mark of the youtube clip below) is an interview with Economist Caroline Saunders (Prof at Lincoln University in New Zealand) speaking to the study detailing carbon equivalents released by exporting New Zealand lamb to Europe.   I often hear this study quoted on TV, in books,  and at the dinner table and quite often I feel the science behind it is mis-interpreted or mis-used.

I agree with Caroline when she says:

I’m not for unfettered free trade that means that the big corporations [are] going to get bigger and richer, but free trade that allows benefits to flow back to farmers [and] producers wether in New Zealand or developing countries is the way forward to feed the world.


Growing Companions – A great infographic on plants to plant together


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