Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Five Reasons for National Food Strategy: UN Report Falls Short!

Home plus EcoSystem equals Organic Food, image montage by peapodLife
Image Montage: Home plus EcoSystem equals Organic Food  
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Canadians Deserve a Positive Message & Productive Strategy: Advanced Human Habitat

Olivier De Schutter, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food released a report which criticizes Canada for unacceptable levels of poverty and food insecurity. Mr. De Schutter delivered his recommendations in a press conference yesterday. Suffice it to say, he talked to Canada, but failed to connect with Canadians. Here’s why…

Top 4 Reasons for a National Food Strategy in Canada, according to UN Report:

Among many recommendations, his report states “Canada is in need of a national right to food strategy,” and goes on to give 4 reasons why national strategies are so important:
    Olivier De Schutter | United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food
  • 1. Improve horizontal and vertical coordination between multiple levels of government;
  • 2. Allow governments to do long-term planning;
  • 3. Improve accountability: setting targets and measurable results;
  • 4. Help identify, at the earliest stage possible, emerging threats to the right to adequate food
  • (Source: UN Report on Right to Food in Canada).
Peapod Life adds a fifth, crucial element to any so-called national strategy on food, with all due respect to Monsieur De Schutter:
  • 5. Look for and identify, at the earliest stage possible, emerging trends and new technologies which help safeguard the right to adequate food.
Why was this fifth point not on the UN Report’s list!?They, like society in general, appear stuck in the centralized, top-down, models of the past.  Expecting the “big machine” of agronomics to feed the nation.

Here in Toronto (and in communities, small towns, and urban centres around the world), a new approach is taking root: food security via food independence

PeapodLife embraces this movement to bring urban agriculture into the mainstream.  But, we take it one step further to where we think it needs to be: integrated into our living space, in perfect harmony with a vibrant indoor ecosystem, with which we human beings can develop meaningful symbiosis.

This is the heart of Advanced Human Habitat: Building EcoSystems & Technology which allow individuals, families, companies and entire communities to truly live in harmony with nature, sharing their indoor environment with a living ecosystem which serves as the zero-nutrient environment for growing the most organic, healthiest, vital and life-giving food imaginable.

Our message to Canadians is this: why wait for the Harper Government to solve problems which are fundamental issues of survival. Start shifting toward food security, away from “the big machine” and toward a new kind of consciousness which says: cooperate with Mother Nature, and she will provide.

It’s not about running off into the woods. It’s about inviting Mother Nature into our homes, businesses, schools, healthcare centres, places of worship, etc. Give a living ecosystem teaming with life shelter from the crazy world of agronomics and it will take care of you and your loved ones.

Food, water, shelter. At PeapodLife, we cannot see how anyone can reasonably separate these. A national strategy on food begins with an advanced approach to shelter: Advanced Human Habitat which integrates living food and living water.

PostScript: We are not the only ones who believe the report from the “learned ones on high” missed the mark on real food security: strengthening individual and community food security.

Leona Aglukkaq Questions UN Food Security Report:

cbc.ca: Qulliq with Abraham Tagalik: Leona Aglukkaq Questions UN Food Security Report

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food visited Canada last summer. Now Olivier De Schutter has released a report calling for Canada to develop a national food policy. But Nunavut MP, Leona Aglukkaq, questions his credibility. Here’s Aglukkaq’s reaction to the report. (INUKTITUT)

Posted Feb 11, 2013 | 4:56

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