* Increasing numbers of undernourished and starving due to maldistribution of food.
* Limited access to nutritious food, resulting in obesity and behavioral disorders.
* Heightened dangers of human and environmental exposures to pesticides in food.
* Loss of diversity, soil productivity and arable land.
* High costs and low prices squeezing farmers out of a livelihood.
This list reads like a 21st-century litany of symptoms affecting our food system. But it might surprise you to learn that the People?s Food Commission actually identified these trends in 1980. In its groundbreaking report, The Land of Milk and Money, the commission linked human health and environmental issues with industrial food production, outlining the complex system around food for the first time.
We?ve learned a lot about the downsides of an industrial food system since The Land of Milk and Money first identified them. Why haven?t we made more progress? What do we need to be doing differently?
A quarter of a century later, Alternatives Journal invites you to help blaze another new trail for the food movement. Look to the past and future of our food system, in an issue that examines the cutting-edge ideas and actions needed to reverse the trends and create a system that is better for farmers, fishers, retailers and consumers, as well as the environment.
Alternatives is currently seeking suggestions for:
*key topics and examples to cover
*under-reported stories our audience should know about
*writers who can bring these issues to a broad audience
*referees to comment on feature articles
Please send your suggestions, along with your contact details, to Executive Editor Tara Flynn by May 24, 2006.
If you are interested in writing an article for this issue, please send a short writing sample along with your proposal. Proposals should include a short summary of the focus, a brief outline of the topic, essential argument, length and intended approach, and full contact details (phone, address, email). Only those proposals that are of interest will receive a reply.
All feature articles in Alternatives are subject to formal refereeing. We are also interested in ideas for shorter reports, commentaries, sidebar notes and profiles.
Alternatives is a bi-monthly journal dedicated to in-depth analysis of environmental issues and, in particular, to the connections among ecological, social and economic dimensions. It combines the learned rigour of an academic journal with the accessible style and format of a general audience magazine, making a unique hybrid. It is published by Alternatives Inc., a registered charity. Founded in 1971, Alternatives has been Canada?s cutting-edge environmental magazine for four decades.
Faculty of Environmental Studies
University of Waterloo