Enormous pressure will soon be placed on the world’s croplands as they are exchanged for human habitat. Mind boggling stuff, even without consideration of climate change!
An elegant monochrome map of the world’s settlements.
German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint”
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For the love of God, stop giving canned goods to the food bank
vancouversun.org (video 2:41)
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A smidgen of good news on food bank use in Ontario: a slight drop in the number of users. The ‘hydro or food’ angle in this latest report from the Ontario Association of Food Banks was picked up in Orangeville, Sarnia, Guelph, Woodstock, the GTA, Hamilton, Parry Sound, Flamborough, Sault Ste. Marie, Belleville, London, the Kawarthas, North Bay, Ottawa, Niagara Region, Brant, Perth, Simcoe, Ingersoll, Cambridge, the Muskokas, Durham Region, you know, pretty much the entire province.
A few weeks go by and a 49-page report from Meal Exchange that took a detailed look at food insecurity on five Canadian university campuses is pretty much forgotten. Drag. Especially if you are one of those students, trying to advance yourself but scrambling for calories.
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Good news, even as winter approaches: in 2017 Ontario can expect to see a basic income pilot project. Hopefully that means that Canada’s largest province is on the path to adopting a benefit regime that will truly secure its people against poverty. We’ve been sold on the idea of a universal right to an income for as long as we can remember. It seems to us that nearly every form of social difficulty could be improved upon if nobody in this society was below a certain level. On the other hand, we could indeed be looking at yet another ‘cycle of consultation’. You know, another rationalised round of reportage, fact gathering and public hearings that kick the issue of poverty down the road and toward the next election. Public pressure might make all the difference, though.
Extra bonus: it would seem a good way to innoculate our society against the rise of Trumpist-style influences, a comprehensive ticket to change for the better. This winter thoughts of a basic income will be keeping the staff at suburban-poverty.com feeling warm inside.
Basic income pilot consultation
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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We’ve marked several Hungercounts now. A grim but important indicator of where we are in regard to food and food banks.
See also: (72) Foodbankistan
Toronto’s major food bank and other agencies mark the arrival of autumn with an annual report on hunger.
(link to 19-page .pdf)
An interesting piece from one of the largest metros in the US Midwest. Indianapolis appears to know too well the social difficulty of the food desert and this experience appears to mirror that seen in Winnipeg a couple of postings back. Gotta love a mayor who ponies up for his people.
Indianapolis mayor focuses on food deserts
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