By Derek Leahy, Eat Think Vote Campaigns Coordinator Can food be an election issue? Canadian elections are usually dominated by heated debates around jobs and the economy, but rarely is the food we eat and how it grows a ‘hot’ issue. Food Secure Canada, a coalition of farmers, food banks, health advocates and community food organizations think food should be an election issue. Earlier this summer, the coalition launched the Eat Think Vote campaign to make food an issue in the upcoming federal election. What is Eat Think Vote? The campaign is organizing a series of events (over 50 so … Continue reading Eat Think Vote: Making Food An Election Issue
Originally posted at http://www.nfu.ca/blog/new-farmer-coalition-survey It should not come as a surprise that Canadian agriculture is facing a demographic crisis. In the 1930s, over thirty percent of the population was involved in food production. Today, farmers represent only 1.6 percent of the population and have an average age of 54. In 1991, the number of farmers in Canada under the age of 35 was 80,000 – now it is less than 25,000. The National New Farmer Coalition is a farmer-driven grassroots initiative created in 2014. Our aim is to promote government policies that will reverse these trends and allow new farmers to … Continue reading The National New Farmer Coalition needs you!
Hey Young Agrarians, Hope you have all had a great growing season. Please check out the upcoming events listed below (note they are all happening in Ontario/Quebec, one is a webcast) and share with anyone you think may be interested. The National Farmers Union and Food Secure Canada both really encourage participation of young farmers/food system activists in their organizations and at their events. You can connect with the Food Secure Canada Youth (30 and under) Caucus through the new FSC website and with the National Farmers Union Youth (35 and under) Caucus by contacting Cammie (email@example.com) or Alex (firstname.lastname@example.org). … Continue reading Growing Resistance in Ottawa and other upcoming events
We’re just back from Slow Food Internationals 2012 Terra Madre event in Turin, Italy. It was an honour to be there as a representative of Young Agrarians- thanks to the fundraising efforts of Slow Food Vancouver and FarmFolk CityFolk. The global youth food movement is doing good things everywhere. It’s amazing to feel part of something bigger focused on ‘good, clean, fair’ foods. We connected with and tasted foods from peoples all over the world. It is impressive the scale at which Slow Food International is networked. I have some prep to do for Food Secure Canada’s conference this weekend. … Continue reading Slow Food Youth Network Terra Madre 2012!