‘Soupstock’ protests mega-quarry’s environmental impact
Soup lovers packed Toronto’s Woodbine Park on Sunday in a culinary protest against a proposed mega-quarry planned for a site just north of the city. The one-day event called Soupstock featured over 200 chefs serving soups to raise awareness about what organizers call the negative environmental impact a quarry could have. Anti-quarry advocates highlighted what they predict would be the loss of farmland and impact on water supply if the project goes ahead. CBC News story.
Soupstock: Thousands gather at Woodbine Park to protest Melancthon mega-quarry
Some came with bowls. Some came with mugs. They came in the thousands to Woodbine Park for Soupstock — a massive culinary protest targeting the Melancthon Township mega-quarry. More than 200 chefs cooked up 12,000 pounds of local produce for Sunday’s event. Last year more than 28,000 made their way to a field 100 km north of Toronto for Foodstock. This year organizers decided to host it closer to downtown. “We need to connect people that live in the city with the food that feeds them,” said Jode Roberts, spokesperson for the David Suzuki Foundation, a co-host of the event along with chef Michael Stadtlander and the Canadian Chefs’ Congress. The Toronto Star story.
Crowds savour the tastes of Soupstock, protest mega-quarry
Crowds gathered at Woodbine Park to taste the savoury soups of more than 160 chefs and restaurateurs at Soupstock, an event protesting the proposal to build a mega-quarry in southern Ontario. The event, a follow-up to last year’s Foodstock, raised funds to fight the quarry proposed for a site approximately 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto on Highway 124 near Shelburne. The quarry will span 2,300 acres across the Township of Melancthon and tap into one billion tonnes of limestone deposit, eliminating farmland in the process. The provincial government announced in September 2011 that a full environmental assessment will be required before a final decision is made. If approved, the quarry will be the largest in Ontario and the second largest in Canada. CTV News story.
Libs losers on local
Premier’s local food bill’s big on maybes, short on will-dos. To understand the Promoting Local Food Act, tabled in the Ontario Legislature on October 4, it helps to know the difference between government support and government policy. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty does know how to show real support on food measures – in particular instances. On the morning of October 4, he spoke to no less an assembly than the Premier’s Summit On Agri-Food Innovation about Ontario’s upcoming trade mission to China, which will focus on food exports. No policy necessary here, but the support is there, chiefly for corn, pork and milk formula for babies – all three high on China’s list of needs and part of the backbone of an industrialized long-distance food system. Bill 130, about local food, is a different story. Yes, at the summit the premier called on Ontarians to shift $10 of their weekly food budget to local food to create thousands of jobs. But that’s sheer rhetoric; there’s nothing in the bill to back it up. If you check the Promoting Local Food Act, there’s only one solid will-do in the whole five pages. From this year on, the week after Victoria Day is proclaimed Local Food Week. Wayne Roberts article in Now Magazine.
Toronto Declaration Calls on City Leaders to Get Growing
At an urban agriculture summit in Toronto this August, a diverse group of advocates produced the world’s first declaration for integrating food production into the urban environment: the Toronto Declaration. Calling for “good food, green buildings, and great cities growing together,” the declaration not only proclaims the intentions of summit-goers from around the world, but also passionately calls upon city officials and others to join them in action to make agriculture a legitimate part of urban development. “Too many governments still divide and separate food, water, shelter, health, energy, education, waste, transit, community, and economics,” the declaration reads. WorldWatch blog.
Focus on local food
It’s time to change our shopping habits. We all know the importance of buying local food — from supporting our farmer friends down the road to reducing the need for transport, as well as receiving a generally superior product. Last week, Premier Dalton McGuinty called on everyone in the province to shift $10 of their weekly grocery shopping to the purchase of local foods. If we all take up his challenge, this would increase Ontario food sales by $2.4 billion and create 10,000 jobs, according to a news release. Orangeville Banner editorial.
Farmer dinners highlight local food
Eating locally grown and locally raised food is always in season. To celebrate the bountiful harvest in southwestern Ontario, seven city restaurants have paired up with local producers to create tasty fall menus for the Farmer Dinner Series. The series runs on Saturday evenings from Oct. 20 through Dec. 1. The dinners are at 8 p.m. with the exception of the dinner at the Stratford Chefs School that starts at 6:30 p.m. “The theatre season is about to end. This issomething for the locals to enjoy. The farmers will be here to tell their stories,” said Daniell. Stratford Beacon Heraldstory.
West Windsor ‘will become a food desert’
An expert says the closure of Price Chopper at the intersection of Crawford Avenue and Wyandotte Street will change a large part of Windsor’s west end into a “food desert.” The coordinator of Food Matters for Windsor Essex said people live in a food desert when a grocery store isn’t within 1.6 kms of their home. “And, if you can’t walk to a healthy food source within 10 minutes of your home, you could be in a food desert,” Michelle Legere said. CBC Windsor story.
CAFS Continued: Field Trips, Conundrums, Panels, and Banquets
Day 2 of the Canadian Association for Food Studies conference began with, quite appropriately, field trips for willing participants. One third of the group embarked on a tour to Barrie’s Asparagus Farm, a growing and processing operation run by fourth-generation farmer, Tim Barrie, who also mills and dehydrates his asparagus into flour for items like asparagus chips, soups, and pasta. Another third found their way over to the Urban Homestead at Little City Farm, a 1/3-acre property attempting to run itself self-sufficiently and sustainably, with innovations such as greywater recycling, permaculture, organic gardens, herbal healing, strawbale housing, a hand-built wood-fired oven, and a passive solar greenhouse. PeaceMeal Project blog by Hannah Renglich
Flavour of the Month: Eight locavore chefs on what to do with their favourite farmers’ market finds
For a few short weeks every year, farmers’ markets are flush with obscure fruits and vegetables you’ll rarely see in grocery stores. We asked the city’s most fanatical locavore chefs for their favourite finds and dead-simple prep tips. Toronto Life Daily Dish
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