Some Themes in Canadian Hunger & Diets. February 1 , 2013
Mono-Crops: Livestock Feed & Ingredients in Processed Foods
Manning: Mono-Crops when we take acres of lands and plant a single thing, east is potatoes,
west usually west, states is corn similar. When we use acres of a single crop, it puts a bull eyes
for the bugs that like that specific plants, so we have to use likes of pesticides. Using a land to
grow a single plant that isn’t usually used to growing it, must use a lot of fertizilers.
80% of grain grown in USA is diverted to livestock, begins cheaper to feed the livestock. If you
raise the speed, the meat is cheaper, takes last time, since 1960s to today suddle increase in
amount of meat available pur consumption per person per day. 5 extra pounds per person a year.
Manning also says if you skip eating meat, you eat a monocrop derivited, 20% of other food is
the result of monocrops.
Most Canadians don’t grow the food we eat, we need to buy the food, amount of money and cost
of food effects the choices we make. Canadians working longer hours, save time by purchasing
ready made foods, restaurant foods, premade takeaway, fast food etc. dietary impact in those
lowest income group have the fewest amount of choices.
As we earn more, less of our budget is devoted to food purposes. As we move from lowest to
middle income the amount spend of food doubles.
Hidden Hunger: 2 elements: A) in a country like Canada, wealthy and with such high rates of
over weight and obesity, we think people wouldn’t suffer for hunger, we don’t tend to see hunger
in a wealthy country B) macronutrients vs. micronutrients. Tended to look at nutrition in carbs,
fats, protein, hidden hunger: is people getting enough vitamins and nutrients, obesity can be poor
idicators of hunger because those can load on particular types of foods, but not getting enough to
Geography, Politics & Diets.
Food more north is more expensive, transportation.
Urban Forgining: fregan, freganisim is a movement that they can take food that has been
discarded and they can eat it, this way they challenge the food system fundamentally because
they don’t support it with their dollars.
Homeless and Hungry
Food Security/Insecurity: amount, nutritions, dietary needs. Access, Pleasure, culturally
appropriate, dietary restrictions and needs. Food safety: ref