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Land Grabs? A global problem


Almost 900 million people go to bed hungry every night. This is happening because of deep injustices in our food system. Inequalities in land, resources and food distribution are ever present and ever growing. This needs to change, together we can make a new food system for all. What is a major problem in the global food system? Land grabs,  an ever present problem that has arisen out of our broken system.

What is a land grab?

A land grab is the buying or leasing of large scale lands by both domestic and transnational companies, governments and individuals. These buyers enter into land within developing countries and ask for the removal of all local people. If those local individuals do not leave they are removed by force. There is no consent by the local communities and no warning. These local families who had relied on this land for food, water and shelter are now left with absolutely nothing to live off.

What are some of the facts?

60 percent of land grabs have grown crops to produce biofuels rather than food

2/3 of land grabs take place in developing countries with the most serious hunger problems

60 percent of food produced on land bought by foreign investors is intended for export rather than feeding local communities

Although Oxfam has done much to better the issue of land grabs, they are sadly still taking place. However with your help Oxfam has made change…

  1. The World Bank has committed itself to a new UN standard on how land is governed.
  2. In 2011, 769 families were forced out of their homes and off their land in Guatemala. Over 100,000 people signed the petition to get Guatemala’s government to declare support for their local communities. 140 families have gotten their land back.
  3. Over 270,000 people joined Oxfam’s behind the brands campaign calling on Pepsi and Coca Cola to help stop land grabs. In 2013, Coca Cola-the worlds biggest buyer of sugar- announced commitments to protect the rights of local lands. Pepsi and Nestle later followed.

This week the Oxfam @ Queen’s food security campaign took over several tables within our Athletic and Recreational Centre. By doing this we tried to demonstrate how unfair this issue of land grabbing really is. We have tried to raise awareness and make students think about what we can do to change our food system, improve the issues and create a fairer world for all. This issue is important, even though we do not see or hear of it’s effect within our own daily lives.

Oxfam has done so much to help, now it is time for us to step up. Check out the GROW campaign at Oxfam and understand the issues such as land grabs that have contributed to creating our broken food system.



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Inspirational Food Bloggers!


1. Super Healthy Kids

This blog is run by three mothers who want to make fruits and veggies easy to feed to your kids. They feature lots of easy, fun, and delicious recipes for your kids that are creative and your kids won’t get sick of. This is great for parents who are want their kids to eat make of the good stuff, or even for adults who want to find fresh, new ways to incorporate fruits and veggies in your life. They have posts about “12 Candy Free Valentines Day Ideas,” “Creamy Blender Avocado Dip,” “One-Pot Pumpkin Quinoa Chili” and so many more!


2. My Real Food Family

Aprils Mims runs this blog that’s all about choosing foods that are as natural as possible and strives to share recipes that fast and nutritious for her family, and she’s also a strong advocate for helping families become as healthy as possible. Not only does she feature lots of creative, fresh recipes but also some tips and recipes about juicing and she also has a feature about her personal journey as a marathoner.


3. Green Smoothing Girl

Robyn Openshaw runs this bog and she has holds being healthy and maintaining a good lifestyle close to heart. She’s lost over 200 pounds and overcome many health problems by simply switching to wholesome and natural eating. As result, she lives a life of health problems without being dependent on drugs. She has her own Youtube where she posts videos about “Yoga Stretches for Back Pain Relief,” “Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie,” and some yummy looking recipes like: “Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili.” She also features some of her favorite books health and weight loss.


4. Easy Natural Food

Debbie runs this blog and only uses traditional fats and natural sweeteners and works hard to incorporate all of these qualities into recipes, but still maintains the aspects of quick and easy that is necessary for busy lifestyles. The blog focuses on foods made at home and based with wholesome and natural plant and animal ingredients. She features themes like “Sunday Night Soup Night” and “Summer Salad Sundays” and also has recipes like “Trail Mix Oatmeal,” “Carrot-Zucchini Muffins (gluten-free),” and lots of others!


5. Betty Bake

Betty Bake, a blog by nutrition coach Bernice Griffith’s, promotes a life of eating GMO free, gluten free, low in sugar, while using all natural whole ingredients. Bernice seeks to introduce easy ways in which people can start living a healthy life style by incorporating fresh, organic, and natural foods in their daily eating habits. Her blog emphasizes the importance of buying preservative free, local, and organic whenever possible, but she says, “Life has to have CHOCOLATE!,” so enjoy everything in moderation. Here you can find easy recipes, tips on eating natural, and fun posts about her lifestyle and family! Check out this blog at:


6. Inspired Edibles

Montreal born, Kelly Mulclair, runs the blog called Inspired Edibles, which showcases her journey towards a natural evolution towards health and wellness. Kelly’s blog is a culmination of her passions of health, creativity, and FOOD! The blog spreads awareness of the significance of cutting out all those processed and refined foods and substituting them for whole natural foods free of preservatives, colourants, enhancers, and other fictional substituents. Kelly explains how she strives to “source ingredients locally and support organic growers.” Here you can read about Kelly’s tips on how to be more food conscious, live healthily, and great recipes of course! Check out her blog at:


7. The Garden of Eating

Another blog to check out is The Garden of Eating, written by Eve Fox. This blog shows readers the ways in which they can easily make their kitchen, community, and even the world, a little greener! On this blog, Eve shares tips on how to grow and produce your own food, as well as ways to incorporate locally grown ingredients in your kitchen and cooking. She also shares her thoughts on topics such as the importance of buying pasture-raised eggs from a local farm to tips on how to help the honey industry and the bees. Visit her blog at:


8. 100 Days of Real Food

Lisa Leake’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food is about her family’s journey of taking a pledge to live 100 days without any processed food. In her blog she posts recipes, which include her easy spinach gnocchi recipe and breaded shrimp recipe, ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, and facts about food marketing. Through her blog she tries to influence other how possible it is to live without processed food and make a healthy lifestyle change. The blog also provides meal plans for those who wish to take the pledge to eat real, unprocessed foods. Visit her blog at:


9. Healthy Green Kitchen

Winnie Abramson runs the blog Healthy Green Kitchen and is the author of One Simple Change, which compiles fifty small changes that can improve people’s everyday well-being. Winnie has a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and she uses her insight and passion for holistic nutrition and green living to run her blog. Healthy Green Kitchen is composed of Winnie’s organic gardening, beekeeping, keeping backyard chickens, and her favourite recipes, such as her kimchi recipe and her multiple grancola recipes.


10. Food Renegade

Kristen Michaelis is a self-proclaimed food rebel who runs the blog Food Renegade. Her philosophy puts belief in fresh, wholesome foods and against food labels. Kristen’s blog consist of decoding food labels of products like So Delicious coconut milk and French’s Worcestershire sauce, understanding the food system through food politics and philosophy, and recipes, such as, her oatmeal almond granola bar and mango guacamole recipies. Join Kristen to rebel against the unhealthy foodculture and follow a diet with nutritious, wholesome foods at: