Tag Archives: food

(1083) 86 million acres


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!
By 2030 megacities may devour more than 86 million acres of prime farmland
modernfarmer.com
An elegant monochrome map of the  world’s settlements.
German scientists made this excruciatingly detailed simulacrum of the “global urban footprint”
citylab.com

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(1076) Ontario food bank usage [Report]

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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.
Number of food bank users down in Ontario but still 335,000 a month: report. High hydro bills, precarious work, inadequate social assistance all contributing, association says

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(1066) Food security & basic income

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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
ontario.ca
Basic income can reduce food insecurity and improve health
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

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(991) CBC feature: food mirage, food deserts

fooddesertOne of the top three or four most clicked-upon postings at suburban-poverty.com is (138) Left Coast Food Deserts from June of 2012.  Recent efforts at University of Winnipeg to fine tune the understanding of this phenomenon have just emerged.  Sprawl watchers may note the role driving a motor vehicle plays in helping define who lives in a food dessert.
Food mirages leave Canadians knocking on food bank doors. Food insecurity still a problem when available nutritious food sources aren’t affordable for many
cbc.ca – see other links