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Lecture 21

ENSC 315 Lecture 21: Guest Lecturer Mara Shaw

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Department
Environmental Studies
Course
ENSC 315
Professor
Susan Belyea
Semester
Winter

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Guest Lecturer: Mara Shaw Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:56 AM Soup kitchens Morph into Food Security Initiatives: Are we making progress? What Problems do you see? • Medical care costs are soaring • Canadians overall health is declining ○ Obesity, type 2 diabetes, mental health • Society is changing rapidly ○ Becoming automated and convenient ○ People are losing basic life skills and skills for self -reliance • Our environment is in crisis ○ $31 billion in food waste in Canada alone every year • Many people are still undernourished (perhaps not visible). Do you see hunger? What does it look like in Canada? It looks like this…. • Type II Diabetes- non emergency amputations> • Obesity • Depression • Heart disease • Children's poor physical and mental health including asthma and depression - and life-long det…. • … Price of Food • Three on sale boxes of KD = 1 red pepper • Cost of inequality. Over 20 000 people in the Kingston region live below the the poverty line - many more also cant afford good food Under -employment, minimum wage, unemployment, health Household food insecurity "the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of also cant afford good food Under -employment, minimum wage, unemployment, health Household food insecurity "the inability to acquire or consume an adequate diet quality or sufficient quantity of food in socially acceptable ways, or the uncertainty that one will be able to do so." The majority of food insecurity households in Canada are working PROOF Evidence shows that among children, food insecurity is associate with poorer physical and mental health outcomes, including the development of a variety of lon-term chronic health conditions such as asthma and depression For adults, research…. Are we making progress? No Poverty in Ontario 1976 -2009 In the last 35 years, except for a short period in the mdi -1980s to 1991, the poverty rate in Ontario has hovered between 9% to just over 12% using the Ontario government's official poverty measure (low income measure- after tax) and the ……….. Historic Solutions Modern Approaches • Welfare • Food banks • Hot meals • Programs • Vouchers • School meal programs • Surplus food distribution Food Banks in Canada • 800 food banks in Canada according to the hunger count • 3 000 other food assistance programs - mostly meals, school breakfast programs, etc. • Over 850 000 people in Canada use food banks each month • Canadian food banks are charities, they are entitlement - not a right.. They can Food Banks in Canada • 800 food banks in Canada according to the hunger count • 3 000 other food assistance programs - mostly meals, scho
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