Last night three panelists discussed food security in Newfoundland and Labrador. The presentation, hosted by the Harris Centre, was webcast live. The presentations and the following discussion can now be viewed online.
From a short growing season, and limited farmland, to depleted fish stocks and high transportation costs, Newfoundland and Labrador faces plenty of challenges related to food security. These issues contribute to a host of short- and long-term problems, including lack of food availability in many rural communities, dependence on outside suppliers and some of the highest rates of diet-related chronic illness in Canada. It's time to rethink what we put on our plates. We need to put in place the networks, the relationships and the structures which allow all of us to live healthy, active and productive lives, well into our old age. This public debate addresses this global challenge by posing two questions that resonate both locally, and globally: what constitutes real 'food security'; and, what can individuals, communities and institutions do to improve access to good, healthy food for all? Kevin Morgan, professor of governance and development from the University of Cardiff, is the main presenter.