Sorry for the long post but if any issue is worth going on about, this one is. In the spirit of solving the terrible problem of hunger in our communities it’s vital to explore underlying issues. When we see headlines like: Food costs eating up limited incomes about the annual Ontario Nutritious Food Basket survey that measures regional costs of basic healthy food, the real issues can get obscured. One could also say that “rent costs are eating up incomes” or any number of other causes; see Open meeting this Friday to discuss poverty … It’s a good opportunity to say a few important things that relate to local food.
The issue of hunger is about insufficient income to meet basic needs, not the cost of food. In fact, North America has had a “cheap food policy” for decades which has kept small farm incomes very low while costs continue to rise and most farms must have off-farm income just to keep farming. Commodity systems have not increased access to healthy food for all in spite of increases in food production. One thing that has been created is a lot of bad eating habits and the diet-related health problems that go with them. They’re really costing us in terms of quality of life and balancing health care budgets with an aging population and fewer workers to support the services needed. Although our food costs are much less than most G20 countries, the income disparity keeps growing as many are left out of the current economy where lack of good work is another major contributor to the low income problem that leaves more people, including families with children, hungry.
It’s hard to face the fact that one third of food is wasted across the food system, mostly in peoples homes, but enough bad news! The other main point is good news about how the local food economy can help solve some of our social problems. …read more »
This week’s specials at Cottenie’s are:
LEAN GROUND BEEF & GROUND PORK @ $2.99 / LB
BONE IN PORK LOIN CHOPS @ $2.99 / LB
CROSS RIB ROASTS @ $3.99 / LB
PORK TENDERLOIN @ $3.99 / LB (while supplies last)
A note regarding the fresh turkeys. We had a bit of a panic because we were informed of a shortage on turkeys from Hayters, but our wonderful sales rep was able to fill our order. That being said, although the turkeys will be fresh, they won’t all be from Hayters. Please understand that this is out of our hands, and we are doing the best we can to supply you with a fresh turkey for Christmas. Once again, sizing may be an issue due to the shortage, and I will do my very best to see you get as close to the size you ordered.
Prices in effect from December 9-14.
Donna & Tony - 519-372-2068 www.cotteniesmeats.ca
Culinary Happenings at the Georgian Dining Room: IT’S OUR END OF SEMESTER FESTIVE BUFFET!
Georgian Dining Room December 12th & 13th, 2013, 12 – 1pm
Shrimp Bisque, Fresh Baked Breads
AAA Angus Roast Beef Carvery, Slow Roasted Leg of Ham
Roasted Herbed Potatoes, Vegetable Medley
Assortment of Cold Salads
Tea & Coffee
REGULAR PRICE: $13.05 plus tax, GEORGIAN STUDENT PRICE: $10.40 plus tax
A selection of beer and wine is also available at our cash bar.
Reservations: 519-376-0840 ext.2007 or Michael.Desborough@GeorgianCollege.ca
Everyone interested in improving access to nutritious food is invited to attend an open meeting:
By the Bruce Grey Poverty Task Force Friday, Dec. 13th 2013 – 10 am - Noon
For more information read article from Shoreline Beacon below and at this link: Food costs eating up limited incomes - Thursday, December 5, 2013.
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