Category Archives: Buying local

In Jamaica, food security is becoming serious business

Local food and food security in North America are often described as elitist concerns for people who can afford to shop around and pay for local, fresh, quality food. As this New York Times story shows, in Jamaica, the soaring … Continue reading

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New CFIA “local food” definition is suspicious

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) new “local food” definition is suspicious, misleading and disturbing. Its sudden implementation and the misleading advantage it gives to food that isn’t really local but can be marketed as such suggest collusion with the … Continue reading

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High density high tech urban ag coming on strong

High density high tech urban ag is a growing solution to the problems of accessing fresh food year-round, with minimal water and waste. Think 5-mile diet.

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Embattled Lantzeville urban farmer gives up

  Dirk Becker and Nicole Shaw’s fight with their neighbour– and his friends on the Lantzeville, B.C. council– has worn them down to the point where they’re selling their Compassionate Farm property. Dirk’s style is not always conducive to compromise, … Continue reading

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Join me in supporting Vancouver’s Truck Farm

Vancouver’s Truck Farm is a cool, fun mobile classroom and seed dispensary based in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood. They’ve got an indiegogo campaign underway. It’s worth supporting. Food in a nutshell: Judy Kenzie believes in small beginnings with big outcomes from … Continue reading

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Is local food safer than imported food?

Is local food safer than imported food? As this Utne Reader excerpt from my book shows, there’s no simple answer.

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Farmers growing food for transport, not taste

Farmers are growing food for transport, not taste, so people are choosing processed food and succumbing to chronic diseases. An excerpt from this article about a fund called FoodDirect explains: FreshDirect co-founder and food sourcing expert David McInerney travels the … Continue reading

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“Agritainment”: a combination of agriculture and entertainment

“Agritainment” is an expression used in South Korea to describe a combination of agriculture and entertainment in the joy of urban farming. Lest this be seen as trivializing food growing, here’s an excerpt from an article in a South Korean … Continue reading

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