Is access to good food a human right?
Health, location, and food availability are issues not only for the dinner table but beyond. Is this a political issue, an urban planning issue, or just something to be left alone? As a rich society, how can we ensure availability and quality of food for everyone across the country? After all, diet has been proven to affect development, education, long-term health and more. And what does availability mean? Is it Tim Hortons for all? Locally sourced cabbage on the cheap? What can we afford, and how does eating local, organic, and/or imported factor in?
To help fuel our discussion, we’ve assembled a basket of goods for which we’d like to know: Are they readily available? Are they costly? Does where you live affect what you can buy?
1 litre of two percent, non-organic milk
1 bag of potatoes
4 organic tomatoes
1 package of four free-range chicken breasts
1 package of four regular chicken breasts
1 loaf of Wonder Bread
1 freshly baked loaf of bread
1 dozen organic eggs
1 bag of apples
1 jar of marmalade