by Diana Ellis When I was growing up, the utterance from my father of the phrase “when I was a boy…” usually at the dinner table, inevitably resulted in a combination of interest and eyeball-rolling, depending on how many times we had heard the story before. Now in my mid 70’s, this is one story… Continue reading When I was a boy
Our world has become a more dangerous and unstable place. Civil security and stability have long been menaced by wars, military and territorial ambitions, and strong political and economic disparities. Within the last few decades new and increasingly menacing threats have emerged, many of them linked to environmental and socio-environmental changes and risks. During this… Continue reading Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace
by Julia Smith Blue Sky Ranch, Merritt, B.C. Seems like everyone is selling “local, sustainable, ethical” meat these days. It’s big business and even companies like Walmart and McDonald’s are cashing in on consumer demand for products that are produced using methods that take issues like animal welfare and the environment into consideration. There are all… Continue reading Buying Local, Sustainable, Ethical Meat
by Stan Hirst The Suzuki Elders’ Educational and Community Engagement Working Group have identified food security as one of several focuses for its ongoing educational programme. Two salons on the subject have been held in recent months (summarized at this link and at this link). These meetings were structured as community events and so understandably… Continue reading Food Security in the 21st Century: A Global View
April 18, 2018. Fifteen elders from the North Shore ElderCollege Society and the Suzuki Elders sat around paper-strewn tables in the Capilano Library, North Vancouver, and considered a topic of great importance to elders and to everyone else. How secure is our food supply and what should we be doing to ensure its security in… Continue reading Food Security in the 21st Century: Are we prepared?
by Stan Hirst The question of food security has long been an item of debate amongst the Suzuki Elders. Based as we are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, we often hear concerns over Canada’s exposure to impacts to the food supply system from factors such as loss of B.C. farmland from urbanization and industrialization, and… Continue reading Food Security in the 21st Century: Are We Prepared?
by Stan Hirst Genetically-engineered crops and foods derived from them have been in commercial production for just under 20 years. That’s a surprisingly brief period considering the intensity of the debates and the assessments that have raged around their development and commercial deployment. Here in Canada the use of terms like ‘genetically modified’, ‘genetically engineered’,… Continue reading Genetically engineered crops are here to stay.