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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Food or Shelter

It is not often that I set aside blog space here for a I pride myself in presenting the best food that I can on this blog. Yes it is home made and yes in many cases it is frugal. In fact I quite often give you the actual numbers to help decide if the dish is a frugal choice for you and frugality is a common theme for this blog. What I haven't gone into is the fact that in Canada alone over 1 million people daily have to choose between putting food on their table or a roof over their heads. As a Canadian food blogger I find this number staggering and appalling. I would ethically be remiss to not mention this growing problem.

In many ways I honestly do believe part of the answer lies with the people themselves. During war times Victory Gardens were encouraged and even seen as a civic duty. Urban gardening is very much in the news recently. It is surprising how much food can be grown in a very small amount of space in containers. It is surprising the vast amounts of foods that can be foraged. In some Canadian municipalities it is now legal to have backyard chickens with certain restrictions but just look at that potential! My husband's Grandma always had rabbits something that is legal throughout most Canadian municipalities. Rabbits are great for roasting and the stew pot! Somewhere along the line some Canadians have realized it is easier to rely on handouts than fend for themselves and that is a downright shame when there are so many ways to alleviate the problem without turning to handouts . Here is a video clip of the ads being shown on Canadian television stressing this problem.



4 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

timely and worth considering

Jen said...

It's bad everywhere. I'd love to be able to have chickens and goats in my backyard. Some places can but our state doesn't allow it, yet, in city limits. I do grow plenty of vegetables each summer and I really should start canning again.

Garden Gnome said...

Thanks Dave :)

Garden Gnome said...

A lot of people are really having a bad time. Even the agencies that help those needing food are experiencing problems themselves. Growing as much as possible is an ideal way to save a bit on the food bill. It's too bad you can't have chickens. With the growing trend in urban backyard chickens perhaps there will be enough pressure that your state changes their ruling.