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Found Food

by: Heather on 05/22/2009
Posted in: Food

My ten year old has a strong interest in found food. This dates from many years ago - I still remember his squeal of delight at the advanced age of 2 when he pulled a stale bread crust out of a neighbor's garbage on the breezeway of our co-op in Vancouver. He was thrilled to be providing for himself. I knew then that his hunter-gatherer instinct …

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Edible Wild Plants

by: Heather on 05/04/2009
Posted in: Food

These days, dandelions feel like the bane of my existence. With their tenacious taproots that seem to go all the way to China, they are harder to get rid of than zucchini bread in August, and they come in a seemingly endless supply. So it was nice to come across this article on Straight Goods by Lynn Jones of the Ottawa River Institute, reminding …

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Urban Gleaning - The New Dumpster Diving?

by: Heather on 04/01/2009
Posted in: Food

The other night on CBC radio I heard a report on Parisians picking through the discarded food from markets in order to feed their families. According to the report, these people are known as "urban gleaners". This Reuter's story on the trend states that the phrase urban gleaning comes from the term "glanage", which refers to a French tradition …

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Robin Wheeler featured in Reader's Digest Canada

by: EJ on 03/13/2009
Posted in: Food

Robin Wheeler's newest book, Food Security for the Faint at Heart has been reviewed by Shelagh McNally in Reader's Digest Canada. Shelagh says,

"Climate change, the recession, tainted food and high fuel prices are making many people re-think the way they shop at the grocery store.

Food security is about having a back-up plan so we are not solely …

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Grass-fed Beef and Climate Change

by: Heather on 02/19/2009
Posted in: Food

It's widely recognized that North America's animal protein intake is responsible for an extremely significant portion of our greenhouse gas emissions. And yet, many deeply committed environmentalists still include meat (specifically beef, which is easily the worst offender) on the menu. What's up with this seeming inconsistency?

Generally, the …

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