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UN food monitor probes Canada


The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food will begin a tour of Canada on Saturday, but the visit is hardly a positive one. Canada, traditionally a food exporter will be the first wealthy nation probed by Olivier De Schutter since the UN created his position in 2000.

De Schutter will be visiting Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton, and a number of aboriginal communities in the prairies. He will be looking at Canada’s food supply chains and governmental policies affecting the right to food.

A critic of Canada’s record on providing food to its citizens, the executive director of Food Secure Canada, Diana Bronson, said two million Canadian regularly lack access to sufficient food.

Speaking to Postmedia News, Bronson said:

“What we can say about Canada is that our food system is broken.”

“When we’re lacking clean water on reserves across the country and food prices in the North are so notoriously high that people cannot afford to give milk to their kids, we’re not realizing the right to food, we’re not realizing the obligations under the covenant, so that’s what (the Special Rapporteur) is going to be looking at here.”


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UN food monitor probes Canada

  1. And the UN really has nothing better to do?

  2. Here we go again…….feeding frenzy for the dippers.
    “He will be meeting with aboriginal leaders and non-governmental organizations, as well as federal officials at Health Canada and in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. While in Ottawa, he will also meet with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.”

  3. “When we are lacking clean water on reserves….and food prices in the North or so notoriously high that people cannot afford to give milk to their kids…”
    How is that the Canadian military can go into third world countries hit by disasters and provide the technology for clean water but we cannot do it in our first nations reserves. Also, why can’t we have milk cows and gardens on reservations? Up in the north, there is 6 months of sunlight. Any gardener knows that spectacular gardens are grown in the northern climates, even though the growing season is short. What happened to canning and freezing your own vegetables and berries? Also, hunting and fishing. I think what is really lacking here is the know how.

    • Did a quick read on De Schutter and he is a big fan of small local farms and self-sufficiency. So his findings might be a surprise.
      I have also wondered why don’t the remote northern reserves look into importing reindeer from Lapland – the Sami natives have lived off their herds for thousands of years.

  4. “What we can say about Canada is that our food system is broken,”

    What absolute nonsense! Why is the UN wasting valuable time and money on this?
    Canada’s food system is as close to impeccable as one can find anywhere in the world. Food is cheap and plentiful in every conceivable variety and conveniently available in stores and markets everywhere. People can grow their own. Where individuals or families lack resources there are many food banks and other charitable sources of food to help out. It takes an extraordinary effort on the part of a very dysfunctional person to go without.

    There must be some other agenda afoot here. Oh, I know, the GOVERNMENT needs to be more involved. If the objective is to screw up the food system that’s the best way to do it.