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This election, one of the top concerns for Canadians is being able to afford groceries, according to a recent poll. Sydney Rae / Unsplash

Why food affordability should be a federal election issue

Canadian politicians on the campaign trail would do well to mention issues of food security. At least 55 per cent of Canadians are worried about how they will continue to pay grocery bills.
A farmer carries firewood during the dry season in Nicaragua, one of the Central American countries affected by a recent drought. Neil Palmer for CIAT/flickr

How climate change is driving emigration from Central America

Poverty and violence are often cited as the reasons people emigrate from Central America, but factors such as drought, exacerbated by climate change, are driving people to leave too.
Global synchronization of food production negatively impacts food security. Shutterstock

Synchronizing food production can have disastrous effects

Governments need to think about global ways agricultural policies may affect the stability of the food system as a whole, beyond locally focused efforts to increase resilience in production.
Various vegetables are on display at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal as the new Canada Food Guide was unveiled. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

In defence of Canada’s Food Guide

Canada's Food Guide makes nutrition recommendations. But the revamped guide does much more. It directs us to consider the broader set of circumstances —the social determinants —of how we eat.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, right, and nutritionist Jessica Cole look over samples of some of the food groups at the unveiling of Canada’s new Food Guide, January 22, 2019 in Montréal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada’s new food guide: A fail on culture and sustainability

Canada's Food Guide is a political document. It does not represent those who are poor, culturally marginalized and most at risk for food insecurity.
As many as half of America’s college students face campus hunger. Stokkete/www.shutterstock.com

More solutions needed for campus hunger

A new federal report on food insecurity on college campuses does a good job of laying out the scope of the problem but falls short when it comes to solutions.
A man walks through a greenhouse in northeastern Uganda where sustainable agriculture techniques such as drought-resistant crops and tree planting are taught, Oct. 19, 2017. AP Photo/Adelle Kalakouti

World hunger has risen for three straight years, and climate change is a cause

After declining for nearly a decade, the number of hungry people in the world is growing again. Climate change, which is disrupting weather patterns that farmers rely on, is a major cause.
The apparent higher costs of healthy foods like fresh produce compared to fatty, starchy foods is thought to have contributed to food insecurity in Canada. But is there more at play than just cost? Sydney Rae/Unsplash

Time and money – the biggest hurdles to healthy eating

Although nutritious, inexpensive food options do exist for low-income Canadians, whether those foods are easily accessible or feasible has long evaded both nutrition researchers and politicians.
A resident of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation is photographed while speaking about water and access issues in her community in February 2015. The Shoal Lake community, despite supplying water to the city of Winnipeg, has long been under a boil-water advisory and is only just getting year-round road access. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

We fail our citizens in Canada – and the UN is onto us

Governments in Canada are routinely enacting public policies that primarily benefit economic elites, raising questions about government legitimacy and competency. Who's looking out for us?
It is estimated that 1.2 million children in Canada live in low income households and 10 per cent of families with children under the age of six report some degree of food insecurity. This places kids at increased risk of developmental vulnerability. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada needs a ‘Children’s Charter’

From food insecurity to cyberbullying and teenage suicide, Canada scores low on child health.
People buy fruits and vegetables in May 2017 at the Jean-Talon farmers market in Montreal. (Shutterstock)

A Canadian food policy moves closer to becoming a reality

A government report on an upcoming national food policy is an optimistic indication that it will result in both healthier and more sustainable food for Canadians and stronger agri-food industry.

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