I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be speaking at an amazing event tomorrow evening. It’s a benefit for the Green Wood Coalition; the evening will be combination of speeches, music and art.
This is our first month participating in the Canadian Food Experience Project which began June 7 2013. As more than 80 participants share our collective stories across the vastness of our Canadian landscape through our regional food experiences, we hope to bring global clarity to our Canadian culinary identity through the cadence of our concerted Canadian voice. This months theme is Regional Canadian Food. You can see all of our posts in this series here.
September already? Holy schmoly.
It’s already time for another installment of The Canadian Food Experience Project. This month’s challenge is to write about our “Cherished Canadian Recipe.” When I read the theme I knew instantly what I had to write about. I also knew that I was pushing, if not breaking, the rules. I’m going to share with you my absolutely favorite recipe of all time; but I can’t share the details. I have to write about the recipe, and not share the recipe.
And I’m not being falsely modest or mysterious. I’m not locking away a secret recipe. I can’t share it because, according to most sources (including the National Center for Home Food Preservation), it’s just not safe.
My cherished Canadian recipe is my Meme’s (Grandmothers) French Canadian Mustard Pickles:
People make this topic overly complicated or are intimidated by it. Today we hope to simply the topic and answer:
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And why should you care, as a foodie, that FaceBook now has them (as do Twitter and Instagram)? Keep reading to find out why I’m so excited… [Read more...]
More than 2,000 Torontonians took the street this weekend to protest against Monsanto and GMO (Genetically Modified) food. It was part of a nearly global event where it’s estimated that 2,000,000 people took to the streets to voice their concerns against GMO’s (source). The event was organized by the folks at March Against Monsanto.
Here’s our highlights from the Toronto march and what it felt like to walk amongst the peaceful crowd:
If you’re not familiar with the reasons why people are angry about GMO’s, consider (source):
- 61 countries in the world require labelling of GMO food.
- The United States and Canada are the only two industrialized nations which do not require them.
We are eating GMO food, due to lack of labelling, cannot make a choice not to. Consider the percentages of the following crops that are Genetically Modified (source)
- 93 percent of all soy
- 86 percent of corn
- 93 percent of canola seeds
Many countries have partial or outright bans on GMOs (source):
- Monsanto’s GMO corn is banned in France
- GMOs are banned in Austria, Hungary, Greece, Bulgaria and Luxemburg.
There is significant concern about the environmental impact of the use (and types) of chemicals being used with GMO crops (source).
Like any global issue, GMOs have opponents and proponents. There are arguments supporting both sides; my primary frustration is that I cannot choose to be GMO free if I want. We don’t have to agree on the impacts of GMOs – but surely everyone must be willing to support the right to choose? Monsanto and companies using it’s seeds spent millions of dollars campaigning Californians to prevent mandatory labeling (source).
Change will happen when the public asks for it. Will you join us (and the people in almost 300 cities around the world) asking for labeling of GMOs?
Today’s post is about sharing a story and marking a moment. We’ll share the recipe and technique for Dandelion Wine next week if that’s what you’re looking for! And, while it may start a little morose, it does circle back to the reason I write here; it’s the story of how food (specifically preserving) brings comfort in tough times.
I lost a dear friend this week. I won’t trouble you with the details spare that it had been coming for some time and that he was far too young to have passed. Our friendship is a tough one to describe to others but we never had to describe it nor defend it to each other and that’s what counted.
Yesterday we shared our plea for you to join one of almost 300 cities protesting against Monsanto on Saturday.
Today we thought we’d hand our ‘microphone’ over to a real pro to make the case. This is Dr. Vandana Shiva and why she’d like you to add your voice on Saturday:
Looking for an event near you on Saturday? Look no further than this list!
This is an invite and a call to action to join many people around the world in a peaceful protest against Monsanto this Saturday (May 25th).
Monsanto is at the heart of genetically modified food (GMOs). They own the intellectual copyright on certain seeds; they own a form of life (reportedly even doing so when it spreads into other fields through wind and pollination).
It was almost a year ago when the CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) launched a definition for the word “local” and I vetted our concerns. The definition was simultaneously too stringent (it limited local to 50 kilometers which would almost make “local” food a commercial impossibility within large city limits) while also being way too hole-ridden (using the word ‘or’ meant ambiguous application was possible).
The definition stayed in tact from last June without much noise until April when the CFIA ordered a hamburger joint to remove the word “local” from it’s marketing material. The story received a lot of press – many people thought that the distance would have been considered local but, because there were more than 2 counties separating the farm from the restaurant, it could not be labelled “local.”
Did you know that there are 3 grades of carrots in Canada? Which one would you prefer?
- Canada No 1
- Canada No 1 – Cut Crowns
- Canada No 2
If you picked either of the first two options, I hope to change your mind!