food justice

Edmonton Based Inventor Victor Benitez’ Revolutionary Self Watering System

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This week on Terra Informa we hear from Dylan Hall who spoke with University of Alberta grad Victor Benitez about his innovative new design that may change the way we garden in an urban setting. Then we visit the archives where we receive an edifying conversation with economist, activist, and academic Raj Patel on food justice.

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Raj Patel: Choosing justice in our food

Most of us want to feel good about where our food comes from; we’d like to think that our food is healthy, that the farmland is worked responsibly, and that the land workers are treated justly. These feelings often translate into decisions we make at the grocery store, but how much choice do we really have when we’re pushing our shopping cart through those aisles? To find out, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke with economist Raj Patel—a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. We reached him in California.

Victor Benitez: Automated Urban Gardening & New College Work

Want to skip the choice that you need to make at the grocery store? Want to know exactly where your food comes from? Love the thought of gardening but don’t have the time? Victor Benitez, a recent physics graduate from the University of Alberta, is trying to find a solution to these questions. He has recently started a company, New College Work, based on technology he invented: a self-watering garden system. Terra Informer Dylan Hall spoke with Victor to find out the details and motives behind this ambitious project.
Website: http://www.newcollegework.com/

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Geoengineering and Vandana Shiva on Seed Freedom

A figure in an orange space suit walks along rocky striations along the coast.

Geoengineering may transform our relationship with the planet. (Image credit: jacques fou)

This week, we dig into views on transforming landscapes. Calgary sustainability writer Chris Turner shares his take on using planet-scale engineering to solve the climate crisis. Then, Boston’s Brian Swett talks about an eye-opening relationship that encouraged him to aim higher on green building. And world-renowned physicist and ecologist Vandana Shiva opens up about advocating for the freedom to plant what we want and restore our relationship with the land. Listen close, and you might just hear the world changing.

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Today’s Menu: Potatoes, Water and Cara-Medallions

This week, our team tackles food quality on two levels. While one story is about tackling the concern of food quality in places such as schools, the other talks about a recipe for a quality, healthy, and unbaked  dessert.

As well, we take a look at another way the National Hockey League is assisting in resource renewal, this time with water, its own DNA.

Water is a huge part of both hockey and recreational skating. It is its DNA. Photo Credit: Themightyquill

Water is a huge part of both hockey and recreational skating. It is its DNA. Photo Credit: Themightyquill

 

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Gallons for Goals

Ice hockey without water is obviously impossible. The Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the organization behind the NHL’s implementation of Gallons for Goals, realizes this, and plans to restore 1,000 gallons of water for every goal scored in the NHL this season. Over three million gallons have been restored, which seems like a lot. However, Terra Informa’s Kyle Muzyka speaks to B-E-F’s Tiffany Meyer, and finds out that it’s a very small contribution to a much larger goal.

More Info: 

B-E-F Website

NHL Green Column on Gallons for Goals

Natalee’s Recipe for Cara-medallions

Hungry for something healthy? Here is a recipe from Terra Informa’s very own Natalee Rawat, on how to create a delicious, unbaked dessert. Make them yourself, or get them at Pangaea Market in Edmonton, Alberta. The members of Terra Informa double as food critics, and we gave them five stars!

Here’s the ingredients:

Process: Dates, walnuts, raw cacao, citrus essential oil, cardamom essential oil, vanilla and dehydrated cranberries

Roll the batter out after its mixed evenly and use a cookie cutter to shape it!

Pangaea Market 

People’s Potato

I’m sure many of us have expressed concern at the quality of food at public institutions like hospitals and schools. Recently, Terra Informa’s Miro Radovic had the chance to talk to K, a member of the People`s Potato — a student initiative started over a decade ago at Concordia University in Montreal to address several food related issues on campus.

More Information:

McGill

The People’s Potato

Dalhousie’s The Loaded Ladle 

Food Justice, Fruit Rescue, and Urban Chickens

On this week’s show, we serve up a three-course meal of food for thought. First, Edmontonian Crystal Sherris talks about how she’s bucking the system by raising chickens in the city. Then, Amy Beaith-Johnson debriefs us on the mission of Operation Fruit Rescue. And finally, an edifying conversation with economist, activist, and academic Raj Patel on food justice. Bon appétit!

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Photo: Raj Patel - economist, activist and academic. Author of Value of Nothing and Stuffed and Starved (source: Wikicommons Media)

Photo: Raj Patel – economist, activist and academic. Author of Value of Nothing and Stuffed and Starved (source: Wikicommons Media)

Crystal Sherris: Chickens in the City

Where does our food really come from? Will it really be there forever? We live in a time when questions like these are moving ever closer to the forefront of our minds. Some of those concerned are even taking measures to control their food, like Crystal Sherris of Edmonton, Alberta, who raises a small flock of chickens in her backyard even though it conflicts with city bylaw. But the city is also at a crossroads when it comes to understanding and strengthening food security. Morgana Folkmann visited Crystal Sherris at her home to get a sense of what it means to keep chickens in an urban environment.

More on this story:
City of Edmonton – Food and Agriculture Strategy
Edmonton Journal
Facebook – CLUCK Edmonton
River City Chickens Collective

 

Amy Beaith-Johnson: Operation Fruit Rescue

From June to October, Edmonton is a veritable oasis of fruit: apples, pears, and plums—not to mention succulent strawberries, raspberries and saskatoons—are all sitting there patiently, waiting to be plucked. But what happens to this bounty if nobody is around or able to harvest it? Enter: Operation Fruit Rescue—a non-profit, volunteer driven organization dedicated to reducing food waste and promoting locally grown food in Edmonton and surrounding areas. Terra Informa’s Nicole Wiart talks to Amy Beaith-Johnson, the driving force behind Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton, about the organization’s origin, its mission, and how it all works. We met with Amy in Edmonton.

More in this story:
Operation Fruit Rescue
Facebook
Twitter

Raj Patel: Choosing justice in our food

Most of us want to feel good about where our food comes from; we’d like to think that our food is healthy, that the farmland is worked responsibly, and that the land workers are treated justly. These feelings often translate into decisions we make at the grocery store, but how much choice do we really have when we’re pushing our shopping cart through those aisles? To find out, Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke with economist Raj Patel—a visiting scholar in the Center for African Studies at the University of California at Berkeley and an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. We reached him in California.

Also, if you’re in Edmonton, you can hear Raj Patel speak about Food Cultures for Sustainability. He’ll be at Edmonton’s City Hall for The Way We Green Speaker Series on January 30, 2013 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. He’s also speaking at the University of Alberta’s International Week that evening at 7:30 pm in Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) Room 1-430.

More on this story:
University of Alberta
Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Raj Patel’s Blog

What’s Happening

Master Composter Recycler Program

The City of Edmonton has a course coming up on Composting and Recycling. Master Composter Recyclers are volunteers who know all about composting, recycling and how to reduce waste… and they love to share what they know. To participate in the program, you must complete a 40-hour course, volunteer for at least 35 hours, and then teach friends and neighbors what you’ve learned. Show co-workers how to “grasscycle”, help neighbours start composting, and mentor at a community garden. The application deadline is February 7th so sign up on the City of Edmonton’s website (below)

More information: City of Edmonton

Aboriginal Health Research Grant
Cape Breton University has announced a new national grant for Aboriginal health research based on a Two-Eyed Seeing model. Two-Eyed Seeing encourages collaborators to look at matters with two different world views or paradigms in mind: one grounded in traditional Indigenous knowledge, and the other through the lens of Western knowledge. The funding for the new grant is provided by CIHR’s Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health.

More information: Cape Breton University

Dig In Challange
The Dig In Challenge is a five-month program by Food Matters Manitoba running February through June. This is a local food initiative and an opportunity for anyone and everyone in Manitoba to get on board with healthy eating while supporting local, sustainable, and fair food. The initiative is open to all ages and income brackets all across the province. Attend fun informative workshops, share recipes, and connect with local farmers.  And on top of all that there are some great prizes to be won!  You can register as an individual, family, workplace, faith group or school.

More information: Dig In Manitoba