Category Archives: Investing in food

The high hidden costs of our “cheap” food

“50 yrs ago we spent 18% of income on food, 5% on healthcare; now we spend 10% on food, 16% on healthcare.” Great stat from a great book by Eleanor Boyle: High Steaks, How and Why to Eat Less Meat.

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Canada’s only farm-centred subdivision.

One of the more promising ways to put agriculture and food security on a more sustainable economic footing is using the proceeds of housing developments. When I researched this topic for my book (see chapter on “farming as the new … Continue reading

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Very cool swimming pool converted to aquaponic farm in Arizone

Check out how this young family found food abundance by turning the empty pool in their Arizona suburban home into a solar-powered “interplay of chicken droppings, algae sludge, tilapia fish, miniature goats, greens and clay pellets… a damned fine feast—with … Continue reading

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Responsible investment conference looks at food

I’ll be moderating a panel on investing in food at the Canadian Responsible Investment Conference June 17-19 in Vancouver. #sioconf2013. I hope to see you there. I’ll be on Tuesday morning: Environment: Food Sustainability This session will explore some key … Continue reading

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