Council of Canadian Academies' report Aboriginal Food Security in Northern Canada: An Assessment of the State of Knowledge finds that people in Nunavut have the highest food insecurity rate
|"I need milk", written in both English and Inuktitut, |
during a June 2012 food affordability protest,
from CBC News report on Nunavut food insecurity.
Obviously, it isn't just milk that is the problem. She, and
thousands of others could benefit from affordable
dietary protein and fat, such as small flock poultry.
The hardest hit are the pre-schoolers and their growing bodies. For Inuit pre-schoolers:
- 90% have gone hungry;
- 76% had no food available for 1 or more meal times;
- 70% don't know when they will get their next meal;
- 70% live in food insecure households;
- 60% have gone a full day without eating;
- 31% are moderately food insecure;
- 25% are severely food insecure.
Most Canadian families are forced to “dumb down” their grocery purchases, leaving the more nutritious foods on the grocery store shelves. They feel forced to make the choice for less nutritious foods, in favour of paying the electric bill, the gas bill, and their mortgage.
So I ask Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development; and MP Leona Aglukkak, Minister of the Environment, Minister for the Arctic Council, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and former Minister of Health; and Chicken Farmers of Canada the following questions:
- Since importation of foods to remote communities build dependencies, hurts self-sufficiency, hurts local economies, and make nutritious food even more unaffordable, do you support the principle of helping ensure locally produced, nutritious, safe, and affordable food; however and where ever feasible?
- Whereas dietary protein and fat are essential constituents of a healthy diet, and whereas poultry are the most efficient and affordable source of locally produced protein and fat that is feasible for all regions of Canada, do you support the development and encouragement of local poultry production for all communities and regions of Canada?
- Whereas the UN report, Smallholders, Food Security and the Environment strongly recommends government support of small agriculture, do you support the development and encouragement of small flock poultry farms as a solution for all regions of Canada, especially remote areas?
- What specific actions have you personally taken, and your organization taken to support or advance local food and food security in Canada?
Is there nothing more than callous disregard for the people of Canada when the big wig Board members of CFO (Chicken Farmers of Ontario) meet around their fancy solid oak board table? It is human nature for these millionaires to take care of themselves first and foremost; I get that. However, even in the Dark Ages, the King would throw the odd hunk of meat to the floor for the dogs, or sweep the crumbs from the table so that the mice might live another day. I have been assured that Caesar did the same in Imperial Rome, and Pharaoh did the same for his Israelite slaves.