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Charlebois: Hunger is a horrible word. And how to solve it is an undertaking for ...

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04.06.2019

Hunger is such a horrid word, an undesirable state few deliberately choose to be in.

We know that more than 800 million suffer from hunger around the globe. In the western world, hunger surrounds us. It is estimated that four million Canadians experience food insecurity regularly.

Hunger is cruelly invisible and unfairly discriminatory. Women, the disabled, the Indigenous and people living in northern communities are disproportionally hungry more so than the average Canadian. Despite having access to one of the more affordable food baskets in the world relative to household income, vulnerable populations in Canada are severely affected by hunger.

While hunger is a real issue here, there is little evidence that food is becoming increasingly scarce in the world. In fact, it is safe to assume that never in history has the physical supply of food per capita been greater than in the last three decades or so. Agriculture is serving the world and Canadians quite well, but the number of food insecure Canadians is unacceptably high. It has been estimated that more than 850,000 Canadians visit a food bank every month, and a third of them are children.

It’s time we get educated about where our food comes from and........

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