What Feeds Us

The City of Vancouver defines a just and sustainable food system as one in which food production, processing, distribution , consumption and waste management are integrated to enhance the environmental, economic, social and nutritional well-being of our city and its residents.” Vancouver Food Strategy –  page 10, January 2013 The spectre of food insecurity is…

Farm-to-Table & Distance-to-Fork

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” James Beard 821 Million People 821 million people – one in nine – still go to bed on an empty stomach each night. Even more – one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition.  This data comes directly from  World Food Programme (WFP), the leading…

World Food Day – My Commitment

“The freedom of man, I contend, is the freedom to eat.” Eleanor Roosevelt This morning I received a message in my e-mail inbox advising me that it was World Food Day.  This is the day that we come together as a global community to declare our commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime.  This initiative is…

What happens after World Food Day?

“Considering that food is a requisite of human survival and well-being and a fundamental human right…” Resolution 1/79 World Food Day Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations   October 16, 2013 was World Food Day – a day that has been set aside since it came into existence November 1979 at the 20th General…

Mark Bittman – Here’s a thought!

“1 billion people in the world are chronically hungry. 1 billion people are overweight.” — Mark Bittman (Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating with More Than 75 Recipes) The more I consider our connections with food, culture and health, I realize that my choices, however small, do make a difference.  Today, I celebrated the…

What Happened When the Fridge Went on Vacation

A couple of months ago, our fridge expired!  One minute it was running smoothly, the next only ominous sounds emanated from the interior foreshadowing calls to the repairman or an appliance retailer.  Then there was all the food, the clean-up and the $$$ for a new refrigerator. I couldn’t believe how much junk we kept…