Further Information and Resources


It all started when...

I was asked to compile a list of food related resources for colleagues and clients.  But it's becoming such a useful set of resources, why not make it visible to the wider audience?



Food Secure Canada. 

http://foodsecurecanada.org/who-we-are/what-food-sovereignty   This is a good overview of the subject.  See specifically the 7 Pillars of Food Sovereignty. See Cathleen Kneen below.  Last accessed June 28, 2016.

Tim Lang.  

www.city.ac.uk/people/academics/timothy-langTim Lang is prominent in Britain for his work on food policy there, but he is eminently readable and particular watchable.  Will get you some of his videos. His book “Food Policy” with Martin Caraher would be the one I recommend.

Tim Lang and Transitions.


Cathleen Kneen.  

http://ramshorn.ca/cathleen-kneen  Cathleen Kneen was a giant among food activists.  Her personal blog/newsletter, the Ramshorn, is what’s above.  She came and spoke to the FoodCore seminar two years ago in Perth.  She just recently passed away.

Rudd Center from UConn.  .http://www.uconnruddcenter.org/what_we_do.aspx?id=6

The Rudd Center from UConn (Univ. of Connecticut) is a huge resource on food issues, obesity, diet, the corporate food agenda (aka Big Ag).

May 25

Valerie Tarasuk                                                                                             

Tarasuk, Valerie.  “Discussion Paper on Household and Individual Food Insecurity.” Valerie Tarasuk, 2001.  Document copies available upon request.

The Stop

http://thestop.org/resources/reports-backgrounders/ The Stop is an ultra important grassroots, activist based organization out of Toronto, has in many ways became THE model for food centres, such as the Table.  This is where it started, basically.  The Stop now has, in addition to a food bank and kitchen like we do, now a restaurant and a bakery as well.  Also the Green Barn, which is their farmer’s market.  They basically do it all.  They briefly came to Perth, and out of that I believe the Table was born.

http://thestop.org/predictableemergency/ An article concerning study done by The Stop about food insecurity and the role of the desperately poor. Last accessed August 10, 2016.

The Pod

http://thepod.cfccanada.ca/resources Link to the Pod, website of the Community Food Centres, or cfccanada.  Last accessed June 27, 2016.

The Agenda


banksThis is a segment from The Agenda with Steve Paikin on the relevance of food banks.  Valerie Tarasuk was featured as a commentator.

May 27:

Dr. Tim LangTime to Break the Food Fantasy-EAT Forum with Prof. Tim Lang.  Do you really need 35,000 food choices?  What is really sustainable?  Dr. Lang addresses these questions and much more.  12 minutes.

Dr. Tim Lang

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aLkf30DQzo  Professor Tim Lang at ICN2 on a Nordic Way to a Sustainable DietHow the Nordic countries have the ability to make the changes toward a sustainable diet, much faster than the rest of us.  Just under 3 minutes.

Put Food in the Budget

http://www.putfoodinthebudget.ca/ This is Put Food in the Budget’s (hereafter referred to as PFB) basic website link.

http://www.putfoodinthebudget.ca/elainep This is from PFB as well, but specifically concerns Elaine Power, an important thinker in this field, with John Clark, who was mentioned at our team meeting on the 26th. 

June 15:

The Agenda

http://tvo.org/video/programs/the-agenda-with-steve-paikin/the-town-with-no-poverty An Agenda segment on Mincome, and the Guaranteed Income controversy. About 20 minutes.

June 21

PTSD recovery through gardening


Press release showing how gardening helps vets with PTSD recovery and improve their diet.   If you want this, I will have to email it to you, it’s an email.

June 27

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_industry This is a very good Wikipedia overview of modern food production today, complete with very good photos. It’s worth it for those alone. Lase accessed June 27, 2016.

June 28


http://www.sustainweb.org/childrensfoodcampaign/teaching_food_skills/ Yes, this is the British Sustain site, but it’s much better than the Canadian.  Much more pleasant to deal with too.  They have been on the forefront of educating children on how to cook, eat healthy, etc., in collaboration with Jamie Oliver.  Put major pressure on the government of Britain to improve school diets.  Last accessed June 28, 2016.

Transition Initiative

https://orionmagazine.org/article/the-transition-initiative/ Another British site, this is about Transition Towns, and it all started in Totnes, England.  Perth is a Transition Town, or TT, as is Ottawa.  In a nutshell, how to create a sustainable town re: food, jobs, government, just about every aspect of a town. Last accessed June 28, 2016.

July 28

Community Food Centres Canada

http://cfccanada.ca/ The group to which we are attached.  There are about eight centres across Canada at last count, from Alberta to Nova Scotia. See The Pod under May 25.  Last accessed July 28, 2016.

European Union

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/eussd/food.htm An excellent explanation of food sustainability, the issues, problems, plus many other topics.  The EU is important in the area of sustainability, as they have been on the forefront of best practices, as well as standing up to Monsanto, Bayer, etc, to prevent them from taking over markets and pushing unsafe products.  In face, the EU is about the only jurisdiction able to do this successfully.  Last accessed July 28, 2016.

Food Banks Canada

https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/About-Us.aspx The national food bank website.  What was supposed to be temporary measure forty years ago, is now an accepted part of Canadian society.  An argument can be made that the establishment of food banks has let the Canadian government off the hook for feeding its people.  Still, they are now a necessary part of the food scene.  They are well known for publishing the annual HungerCount, the “State of Food” in Canada.  The last one produced was for 2015. Last accessed July 28, 2016.


http://www.sustainweb.org/sustainablefood/  A different Sustain website, this one delves into sustainability issues as well as food waste (a huge, huge issue) and fair trade.  Many good things to look at here.  Last accessed July 28, 2016.

August 10, 2016

Canada Without Poverty

http://www.cwp-csp.ca/poverty/just-the-facts/ The is a fantastic resource.  It’s a “just the facts, ma’am”” quick find on a large number of very interesting statistics of poverty, who it affects, food insecurity, and health, among other things.  Think of it as a quick thumbnail on the issues.  It directly addresses the issue we at the Table see every, single, day.  Last accessed August 10, 2016.


http://www.foodcorelgl.ca/  Webstoe fpr the foodcoreLGL (Leeds, Grenville, Lanark).  This one is pretty local, and all about local food, how to support it, and their plan on getting a food charter for the region.  Last accessed August 10, 2016.

Food Ethics Council

http://www.foodethicscouncil.org/society/food-poverty.html This site is British, but just substitute the word Canadian, and you have a very useful website. This has a ton of great stuff about food and poverty, food and social justice, poverty.  The looming Brexit will only complicate things.  I heartily recommend this one. Last accessed August 10, 2016.


https://www.facebook.com/harskingston/ After a discussion about HARS yesterday with Vicki, I felt this definitely should be added to the list.  Great website and advocacy for those with HIV/AIDS.   Last accessed August 10, 2016.

Haliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge Health Unit

http://www.hkpr.on.ca/InfoSet/Adults/Poverty/PovertyFoodInsecurity.aspx This is from the Haliburton, Kawartha, and Pine Ridge Health Unit.  Now while I’m not a fan of Health Units at times, this is worth taking a look at.  It reiterates some of the info of the Food Ethics Council, but throws in more statistics and numbers. This shows a local assessment of the situation.  Last accessed August 10, 2016.

August 16, 2016

Journal of Agrarian Change

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1471-0366.2009.00253.x/full The topic of food riots, which this paper addresses, is controversial.  There were riots, in Mexico, the Philippines and other areas, but some contend they were gov’t sponsored for nefarious reasons, other’s say it really wasn’t about food at all.  Couple this with the corn (ethanol) crisis brought on by Pres. Obama causing a huge spike in grains prices, and well, you has hungry people around the entire world.  These are the same people that can’t afford huge increases in the cost of their everyday food. Last accessed August 16, 2016.

StatsCan and Food Insecurity in Canada

http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2015001/article/14138-eng.htm We might as well get the government’s side of the story.  It is useful information.  Interesting statistics.  One area I beg to differ with is the assertion that the rates of food insecurity have remained steady over the period 2007 to 2012.  How can that be, considering this period covers the entire Great Recession and its “recovery.”  This is utter nonsense.  But....it’s always good to see the pseudo science being put out by the Government of Canada.   Last accessed August 16, 2016.

September 9, 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2jdrP1E7vY  Bullfrog Films.  “Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes.”  Jeff McKay, Director; Joe MacDonald, Producer.  52 minutes, 2003? yes it’s old, but it’s very, very relevant to what’s going on today:  Our crap is ending up as fertilizer in farmer’s fields.  I really recommend this one. 

September 12, 2016

Breyer, Melissa.

http://www.treehugger.com/conservation/how-first-nations-have-enhanced-forest-over-13000-years-habitation.html  This is from the Treehugger website via Linkedin. August 31, 2016.  Really cool explanation where man doesn’t destroy all wherever they go.

October 25, 2016

Bowens, Natasha. thecolorofood.com/about/  The Colour of Food.  Natasha talks about farming from a person of colour perspective.  See also her book under her name on the book list.