A Letter from Jamie Oliver (reprinted with his permission)
Sign the petition
As you may know, recently I launched a global petition to fight for compulsory, practical food education for all children in schools across the world. Within a month, we had well over 700,000 signatures but now I really need your help to get more.
I profoundly believe that it is every child’s human right to have access to food education from a young age. It’s only with this knowledge and understanding of food, where it comes from, how it affects their bodies, and how to grow, cook and enjoy it, that we will be able to fix the terrible state of global health as it stands today.
To give you just one stat, according to the World Health Organization, 42 million children under the age of five were overweight or obese around the world in 2013. Under the age of five. Something is seriously wrong with our relationship with food and we need to act now before our health services around the world become overwhelmed by the effects of preventable diet-related disease.
I really need as many people as possible in every country to sign this petition and share it with their friends all over the world. With enough support, we can create a movement that’s powerful enough to force governments everywhere – including yours – to take action in the fight against diet-related diseases, and I really believe this is possible.
Corner Grocer Goodies – photo – Karen Anderson
Loblaws, Canada’s largest grocer, announced this week that they will add 50 stores and spend $1.2 billion on expanding their network and distribution. Walmart echoed this push announcing $300 million in expansion. Big chains are getting bigger. That is not a story.
The stories in the grocery world right now, for me, are two trends I’ve been watching.
One is happening in a big way south of the border with Amazon dot com. They’ve been a distributor of all things since the 90s and 15,000 dry good groceries for a good part of that. Now, in their home base of Seattle and Los Angeles, if you join Amazon Fresh and pay a fee of about 200 dollars a year, you can order online from a wide variety of grocers and specialty stores for home delivery. As you long as you order by 11 p.m. – for most items – that which you desire will arrive on your doorstep by 6 a.m. the next morning. No wonder Loblaws are looking into e-commerce to broaden their distribution. They might be looking at some very empty big boxes of stores if this catches on in Canada. They’ll have to go some to catch Amazon who’ve been doing e-everything since the 90s and who just spent $750 million on their inventory robotics systems. Now that is a big story but it’s not the one I’m going to focus on.
The trend I’m going to focus on is the opposite of big. It’s small in every way. It’s the revival of the corner grocer.
Coconut madness – photo – Karen Anderson
favourite coconut products – photo – Karen Anderson
For about two dollars you can buy frozen grated coconut at Asian grocers – photo – Karen Anderson
Today on CBC Radio One’s Alberta at Noon
I talked about why the world’s gone loco for coconut and some ideas for using coconut in your holiday baking. The recipes can be found here
and the podcast here
. I’m on at the 17:44 mark in the show.
Read on for a little more background on coconut’s popularity around the globe.
Snail spotting – there’s more of us all the time. Will you join us? – photo – Karen Anderson
Today marks the start of the 10th Slow Food International Terra Madre and Salone del Gusto biennial conference in Turin, Italy.
I’ve been a member of Slow Food International since 2005. I served on the board of our local chapter/convivium for six years. I helped develop a little booklet called The Snail Trail to connect local consumers with local producers of good, clean and fair food and I ran Feast of Fields five times in support of the same objective. I’ve done taste workshops in schools and talks at public libraries. I’ve taken bus loads of people to local farms and raised moola to send farmers and chefs to this amazing conference in Italy.
But wait, you are probably thinking slow food is something that comes out of a crockpot slow cooker… want to know what it really is and why I care so much about it?
October 16 is World Food Day and this year’s theme is Family Farming: Feeding the World, Caring for the Earth.
My Alberta at Noon column this month will share what kinds of challenges family farms are facing and what’s going on with the family farm movement right here in Alberta. This post will provide some background information.
Thanks to Telus TV and their OptikLocal branch for the brilliant video profile of my company Calgary Food Tours Inc.
We made this video on a rainy day in May 2014 and it captures the essence of the food tours we offer here in Calgary. They are all about food, fun and adventure and you can see my guests enjoying delicious food prepared by great local cooks, having fun exploring and sharing the adventure of a day out of the ordinary.
It’s one thing to watch the video – that’s fantastic – but the best thing of all is to come on out and enjoy a tour.
Calgary Food Tours Inc. is one of the best things that helps me savour it all. I hope you’ll come and share in the food, fun and adventures we’ve designed for our guests.