Can we be optimistic about the recent upsurge in the attention toward ‘where our food has come from’ or is it just another fad that will stop at the next trip to Starbucks?
Over the past three discussions The Walrus
and ALPHABET CITY have tried to encourage debate about the way we grow, process, market, and distribute our food and how it links and effects us in a wide range of ways beyond the supermarket and the dinner table.
centered around ALPHABET CITY’s open letter, a call to action, to discuss the problems and policies that center on food production and distribution in today’s food system. For a wider range of ideas take peak at the ALPHABET CITY book here
“Local food sustainability needs to be central to discussions about our economy.” —Comment from Discussion One
“Food is our fuel. It builds bodies and impassions minds. Wars are fought over it. Peace is brokered over it.” —Comment from Discussion One
opened the debate on the eating locally. Is this a new urban fad or is this a new and sustainable alternative to shipping food from the far reaches of the globe?
“Growing food locally is not difficult. It can occur in the spaces between buildings, under and between our toes, amidst the concrete of the city. As a community arts facilitator and environmental educator, I’m committed to creatively seeking out the fertile spaces where we live.” —Comment from Discussion Two
looked at the lack the availability in the neighborhoods and urban areas that many Canadian make their homes, where fresh produce or a healthy meal is a long bus ride away.
“Food is a right. A livable planet for those who are young now and for those who have not been born is also a right.” —Comment from Discussion Three
Food is one of the most basic building blocks in our lives, yet our social, economic, and political interactions that go into bringing it from field to table are complex and far from perfect as our discussions have hopefully shown. If we are going to build a healthy and sustainable village, how do we manage these connections?