Searching for food sovereignty in the Bella Coola Valley

Many eco-conscious people have fantasized about leaving it all behind to go live off the land and eat only what they grow, hunt or fish. But what would it really be like? Author Kristeva Dowling has put it all down on paper in a new book called Chicken Poop for the Soul: In Search of […]

Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine and The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin’s Persecution of One of the Great Scientists of the Twentieth Century

Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine Gary Paul Nabhan, Washington, DC: Island Press 2008, 256 pages AND The Murder of Nikolai Vavilov: The Story of Stalin’s Persecution of One of the Great Scientists of the Twentieth Century Peter Pringle, New York: Simon and Schuster 2008, 384 pages “Life is…

Canada Approves GMO Corn Created by Monsanto and Dow

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has quietly approved a new genetically engineered corn — SmartStax — developed by Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) reports, in a press release, that SmartStax seems to have “by-passed existing scientific assessment processes that have already been judged insufficient by the 2001 Royal Society…

Food Inc.: Win Tickets to Advance Screening in Vancouver

Food, Inc., the acclaimed documentary, reveals shocking truths about the U.S. food industry, where the food supply is controlled by a few powerful corporations.  Why should this matter to Canadians? Profit is often a higher priority to consumer health and Canada is a major importer of American goods — including food.  Pesticides, factory farms, and…

Metro Vancouver Ecological Plan to Save At-Risk Plant and Animal Species

Metro Vancouver has done a fantastic job of working with citizens across 22 municipalities, through events and forums, to manage growth, development, and sustainability for the region.  Their efforts to save 112 species of at-risk plants and animal species in parklands and ecologically important areas should be commended. I am hopeful that the B.C. government,…