Food is more than what we put on the table, stuff in our gullets, grab at the fast-food eatery, share with friends, or toss out when it spoils.
Food weaves through all of life, from the soil, water and air that nurture a seed through the thoughtful preparation and consumption of a flavourful meal.
After years of working with communities and organizations on food systems issues, I have an undiminished passion for learning about food – how it is grown and raised and harvested, how it travels from field to table, how we prepare it, and what we can learn from indigenous peoples.
There are thousands of Web sites carrying news about these topics, but I’m going to recommend two in particular because I have a personal link to them. Bits & Bytes is “a living, ever-growing cornucopia of freely-accessible, community food security resources.” A colleague and I wrote the proposal to obtain initial funding for this site.
The second site is the BC Food Security Gateway, a provincial Web portal funded by the Provincial Health Services Authority and hosted by the Public Health Association of British Columbia. I’ve been content editor from the start and can guarantee the site is packed with easy-to-access, useful information, as well as news that’s updated regularly.