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The use of food banks has skyrocketed. Here Prime Minister Justin Trudeau helps prepare a food box at Seva Food Bank in Mississauga, Ont., on Nov. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Dear politicians: To solve our food bank crisis, curb corporate greed and implement a basic income

With food insecurity at an all-time high and food banks buckling under high demand as we head into this holiday season, experts say we need to focus on long-term solutions to tackle the issue at its root.
Pakistan experienced severe floods in 2022. Asianet-Pakistan/Shutterstock

COP28: health is finally on the agenda – but there’s more to do as we face continued climate extremes

The effects of climate change on health are getting more political traction. But there’s still more to do, particularly as the health harms of climate change are only getting more serious.
The social and financial costs of policing food theft are higher than the costs of addressing poverty and income inequality. (Shutterstock)

Policing is not the answer to shoplifting, feeding people is

The food theft crisis is framed as a threat to paying customers. This furthers the divide between those who can still afford groceries and those who cannot.
Halfway through the Sustainable Development Goals timeline, the world is not on track to meet the target of ending malnutrition by 2030. (Ben Curtis/AP Photo, File)

Wasting and edema — severe forms of malnutrition — affect millions of children worldwide as food insecurity grows

As global acute food insecurity increases, severe wasting — which already affects 13.6 million children — is expected to rise with it. Treating wasting requires specialized nutrition and medical care.
A man butters a dinner roll as he eats a Thanksgiving meal at the Ottawa Mission in Ottawa in October 2023. Food insecurity is on the rise in Canada, particularly in households with children. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Food insecurity in Canada is the worst it’s ever been — here’s how we can solve it

The persistence of food insecurity in Canada is a policy choice. By not doing more to improve the adequacy and stability of household income, governments are choosing to let food insecurity fester.
A worker rakes wheat in a granary on a farm near Kyiv in August 2023, a month after Russia pulled out of a deal aimed at protecting ships carrying Ukrainian grain through the Black Sea. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Grain as a weapon: Russia-Ukraine war reveals how capitalism fuels global hunger

The Ukraine war’s impact on food insecurity is critical, but there is more to the picture. The main problem is that capitalism allows food and other basic needs to become precarious commodities.
Brendan Beirne

Supermarket shelves were empty for months after the Lismore floods. Here’s how to make supply chains more resilient

When the roads flooded around Lismore, it left supermarket shelves empty for months. Keeping everyone fed took a huge community effort. Now we need to make food supply secure.
Prime Minster Justin Trudeau helps prepare a food box at a food bank in Mississauga, Ont., in November 2022. Food charity is not the solution to ending food insecurity in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Canada’s national food policy is at risk of enshrining a two-tiered food system

Canada’s National Food Policy is slated for renewal later this year. Employment and Social Development Canada must be involved to develop income supports that reduce food insecurity.

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