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Event Recap: Behind the Brands Petition at Queen’s

Last week Oxfam @ Queen’s hosted an advocacy event at the corner of U&U to raise awareness about Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign, collect signatures for a petition, and most importantly: give out chocolate! (It wouldn’t be a Food Security campaign event without some delicious eats!)

Petitioning at U&U!

Petitioning at U&U!

For those that don’t know, Behind the Brands is a global Oxfam campaign that challenges the ten biggest global food brands to improve their business practices relating to seven issues.

The brands: Nestle, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Danone, Mars, PepsiCo, Mondalēz, General Mills, Kelloggs, and Associated British Foods.

The issues: land, women, farmers, workers, climate, transparency, and water.

The latest Behind the Brands campaign focuses on land grabs and sugar. Specifically, Oxfam is asking Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and ABF to make sure that the sugar they buy doesn’t lead to land grabs. In order to apply positive pressure to the three biggest sugar-buyers in the world, Oxfam has been collecting signatures over the past month-and-a-half, with a goal of 275 000 signatures. With 251 850 signatures so far, the petition is generating waves in the industry. Coca-Cola has already committed to a zero-tolerance policy for land grabs!

We had a goal of collecting 200 signatures in four hours, and surpassed that goal with 209 signatures! Exceeding our goal was impressive, but we were even happier with the conversations that we had with the students who took the time to sign the petition. You tend to get a lot of blank looks when you talk about an issue like land grabs, but people were genuinely interested in learning more about the topic. We got a lot of great questions about the campaign, land rights, and Oxfam!

Thank you to all the volunteers who braved the wind and cold and came out to hold a poster, give out chocolate, or collect signatures for the petition. Your enthusiasm made the day go by faster!

For more information about Oxfam and Behind the Brands, visit http://www.behindthebrands.org. And sign the petition if you haven’t already done so!

– Hannah Shirtliff


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Farmers’ Markets: Coast to Coast

Hi everyone!

After a brief hiatus while everyone recovered from exams, Ethical Eats is back up and running for the summer! Over the next few months, members of Oxfam at Queen’s will be posting about local food from, favourite recipes, and food security issues from across Canada. If you have anything that you would like us to write about or events you would like us to publicize, leave a comment!

The beginning of summer marks the kick-off of many farmers’ markets and, so to start off I’d like to provide some links to some well-known farmers’ markets across Canada. Check them out this summer!

Victoria, BC: The Victoria Public Market,  http://www.victoriapublicmarket.com/farmers-market/

Vancouver, BC: http://www.eatlocal.org/

Edmonton, AB: Old Strathcona Famers’ Market, http://osfm.ca/

Calgary, AB: http://www.calgaryfarmersmarket.ca/

Saskatoon, SK: www.saskatoonfarmersmarket.com

Regina, SK: http://www.reginafarmersmarket.ca/
Winnipeg, MB: http://stnorbertfarmersmarket.ca/

Toronto, ON: http://tfmn.ca/

Ottawa, ON: http://ottawafarmersmarket.ca/

Montreal, QC: http://www.marchespublics-mtl.com/

Quebec City, QC: http://www.marchevieuxport.com/

Fredricton, NB: http://frederictonfarmersmarket.ca/

Moncton, NB: http://www.marchemonctonmarket.ca/page8744.aspx

Halifax, NS: http://www.halifaxfarmersmarket.com/

Charlottetown, PEI: http://charlottetownfarmersmarket.weebly.com/

St. John’s, NFLD: http://www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.com/

Happy shopping (and eating!)

– Hannah

P.S. Where are your favourite places to buy local food in the summer? Leave a comment below!

 


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Some thoughts on LOFT

Want to consume in a way that is more environmentally, morally and economically sustainable? Try eating local!

With food, energy and transportation being some of the biggest sources of environmental degradation, it is the everyday choices we make that matter. But what constitutes local production? One can consider local to be food produced no more than 200km away from their home or another can consider it to be anything produced within the province. Either way, by eating locally we are not only investing in Canadian farmers, but transportation costs are decreased and food miles are diminished. If Ontarians consumed locally, the emissions equivalent to almost 16,000 cars can be saved! Becoming aware of the difference your food choices make is the first step in collectively moving towards a more sustainable future. If you really want to become a conscious consumer, choose eating both locally and organically. Pesticide use can cause cancer, birth defects, ADHD and autism and not to mention the amount of toxic run-off that finds its way into our water sources. We need to come to the realization that food can no long be synonymous with convenience and extensive availability if we want to move towards a more sustainable future.

Here are some images from our event “The Ultimate LOFT Challenge”! This event compared products such as red peppers, honey, chocolate, apples, and ketchup that were produced locally against the same product produced internationally.

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— Emily