A Health Focused Food System - Is it Possible?
(Part 1 of 2) On a weekly visit to see my parents in Mississauga, I received a phone call from my mum to pick up a last minute ingredient for dinner. The request was to pick up “two bunches of Chinese broccoli” to complement her “Singaporean Hainanese Chicken Rice” (Google that dish). My mouth actually salivated. As I waited in line, I looked through my wallet and started to pick out a few toonies and some loose change thinking that the Chinese broccoli would cost me less than $6.00
Imagine my look of disbelief when the woman at the cashier informed me that I owed close to $10.00 for two bags (about 1.5lbs each) of Chinese broccoli. I glanced at the receipt and discovered 1lb of those nutritious greens came to $2.99. As a newly converted frugal gal, I thought it was a bit much and almost felt compelled to just buy one bag. But the thought of getting scolded at by my mum for not following her specific instructions was enough for me to suck it up and think about the scrumptious meal I was about to devour .
Thanks to rising food costs, Canadians have grown accustomed to paying more for their groceries. A University of Guelph’s Food Institute report has predicted that food prices would rise between 5.5 and 7.5 per cent by the end of this year, due in part to the sinking value of the Canadian dollar.
Where does that leave individuals and families who are still struggling to make ends meet? Food insecurity increases stress, which perpetuates chronic health-threatening effects such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
How can we continually move toward a food system that promotes health for everyone while still making it affordable? A health-focused food system supports the environment, protects against climate change, promotes social justice, and builds community and much more. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog post to learn about three ways that we can ensure that food security remains a priority for yourself and the community!
Gail Poskitt graduated from McMaster University with a B.A in Sociology and Political Science. She is an all around go getter who currently lives in Toronto and, works for Fife House Foundation as a Social Service Worker. Gail has a passion for making a positive impact in people’s lives and working with individuals in the community to create meaningful change. She strives to lead a fun and healthy lifestyle by bring positivity to life’s challenges. Gail has a fond interest for travelling, culture, health & wellness and all things FOOD.