What do a half-billion eggs have to do with democracy? The massive recall of salmonella-infected eggs, the largest egg recall in U.S. history, opens a window on the power of large corporations over not only our health, but over our government.
While scores of brands have been recalled, they all can be traced back to just two egg farms. Our food supply is increasingly in the hands of larger and larger companies, which wield enormous power in our political process. As with the food industry, so, too, is it with oil and with banks: Giant corporations, some with budgets larger than most nations, are controlling our health, our environment, our economy and increasingly, our elections.
It's an unusual Friday night at Grinder, a small coffee shop in Toronto. There is an alien in someone's cup, hearts in another and someone else sees their face in their mug.
What's even stranger is how local artists replaced paintbrushes and pencils with milk and cinnamon powder. The cause of this madness is an event called "Medium: Coffee Live Latte Art for Non-Latte Artists."
What these five artists did is part of the MakerCulture movement, the idea of taking things into your own hands, and producing new objects.
"It was different," says Abra Dolman, a participating artist. "I can't say I've ever used coffee, espresso, or milk as a medium before."
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The topic of Food Forestry is a timely and important one. In 2010 the UN released a report detailing how perennial polycultures are one of the only regenerative sustainable solutions to feeding humanity. Food Forests produce more over time and take less effort to maintain (hello lazy gardener!).
We're offering a little appetizer, a tasty treat and every penny of the event is going to Victoria's own Food Forest - Spring Ridge Commons and the budding Vancouver Island Permaculture Community Group. Yup, it's a FUN-drasier.
This week, a number of rabble.ca staff and others are participating in a "Vegan Challenge" -- one week of eating a vegan diet. Participants are blogging about the experience, and reflecting on the politics on our dinner plates. As a complement to the Vegan Challenge, this piece by Steffanie Pinch examines the history and evolution of veganism.
"I would totally go vegan," one of my friends remarked casually the other day. "But it's just too expensive."
Fellow Canadians, have you eaten today?
If you did -- and even, or especially, if you didn't for lack of physical or economic access to food -- you should know that behind closed doors sits a group of industry leaders claiming to be non-partisan, objective, independent and representative. They are hammering out a national food strategy for Canada.