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| November 25, 2014

Food activists celebrate gains at Halifax conference

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One of the oldest of essential human needs, food energizes Canada's newest social movement, which entered the scene long after the labour, human rights and women's movements -- all of which predated the global rise of neoliberalism. 

If the 500 food advocates attending six plenaries and 50 workshops at the Halifax conference of Food Secure Canada are any indication, the poorly resourced movement is also among the youngest (me being about the only exception), most excited and accomplished of new social movements.

Major, albeit unsung, victories are being scored in school and health fields -- long the most debated, progressive and impactful bastions of Canadian public policy .

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October 10, 2014
| Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin tackle the issue of food waste in a film about what happened when they stopped buying groceries for six months and survived exclusively on discarded food.
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Ramadan leads to support for food banks, with Give 30

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Two years ago, while cleaning and putting away his coffee cup in preparation for Ramadan, Toronto lawyer and activist Ziyaad Mia had an idea. He wanted to celebrate the spirit of Ramadan by encouraging people to fight hunger during the annual month of fasting.

"It struck me that many people in Ramadan are not spending money on lunches or coffee anymore," he explained, "So I thought: why don't we move those savings to fight hunger by donating to food banks?"

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| June 25, 2014

Expired food at high prices? Nunavut protesters want you to help say 'no more'

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Feeding My Family is an organization that raises awareness about the high cost of food in the North. We are holding a peaceful protest on Saturday June 14, 2014 between 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. In Iqaluit, this will be outside NorthMart. Other communities are welcomed to join. What follows is an open letter explaining why Feeding My Family is taking action:

Hello All,

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April 25, 2014 |
It looks like $35 million and 192 inspectors are on the chopping block according to documents posted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and major media reports.

Serving up hot dishes at Conflict Kitchen

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Conflict Kitchen is a Pittsburgh restaurant that only serves food from countries that the U.S. is in conflict with.

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