From Facebook groups to farmers’ markets and community gardens to communal food-sharing programs — the writing’s in the dirt: food security is an important idea and a priority for people all over Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the first of this 5-part series: What the North American Free Trade Agreement has taught us, and the implications of another treaty based on the neoliberal “free trade” ideology
While many are benefiting from the province’s move toward a full-on energy economy, there is little hope for future generations, who will wonder why we didn’t think of them by investing in a sustainable food secure and food sovereign future.
Organizers, farmers optimistic about growth and sustainability as the co-operative looks to develop its ‘five-year plan’.
Our columnist shares some parting thoughts
The Newfoundland and Labrador farming sector will receive more than $11 million to promote innovation in the sector and reduce the risk of foreign animal diseases. Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador, Federal Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and President of the Queens Privy Council, Peter Penashue and the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, made the announcement today in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The joint investment by Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador will focus on two initiatives, and provide: $7.5 million for the Agriculture Research Initiative to help farmers and others in the sector lower production costs, enhance environmental sustainability and seize opportunities in new crop varieties, livestock and crop management practices through new techniques especially suited to the Newfoundland and Labrador climate; and $3.9 million for the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Specified Risk Materials Disposal Initiative to build a new animal disease laboratory…