In 2022, FSC worked with researchers Farzaneh Barak and Monika Korzun to do an update to our 2019 study on sustainable consumption, looking at how the access to sustainable foods has changed since COVID-19. The researchers recently had op-eds published in Canadian media with one main message: beyond food prices, systemic barriers also play a major role in limiting access to healthy, sustainable food.
- March 1, 2023, “You can help make food fair”, National Observer
- March 8, 2023, “Food prices are not the only obstacle to achieving food security: Root causes include systemic barriers“, The Conversation
To overcome these barriers and achieve food security and food sovereignty in Canada, we need comprehensive solutions that address economic, physical, and social access to food.
Fortunately, there is a roadmap to guide us. The Canadian federal government has committed to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which include ending poverty, hunger, and promoting responsible consumption and production. Additionally, the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings and Calls to Action provide guidance on how to ensure Indigenous Peoples have access to traditional foods and land sovereignty.