Thursday, 3 May 2012

Canada to be probed by the UN's Special Rapporteur on the right to food.

"....Canada has the dubious distinction of being the first wealthy nation in the world to face a probe by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food. The 11-day mission begins Saturday, and will take Olivier De Schutter to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as remote aboriginal communities in Manitoba and Alberta. Until now, the independent expert appointed by the UN's Human Rights Council has been dispatched to countries such as South Africa, Cuba and Lebanon to probe those nations' records on ensuring people have access to food.....
In addition to examining the challenges facing aboriginal people, De Schutter, a professor of law based in Belgium, will probe food supply chains in Canada and government policies and programs that affect the right to food. He will be meeting with aboriginal leaders and non-governmental organizations, as well as federal officials at Health Canada and in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. While in Ottawa, he will also meet with NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

"What we can say about Canada is that our food system is broken," said Diana Bronson, executive director of Food Secure Canada, a non-profit that lobbies for better public access to nutritious and sustainably-produced food.

"There are two million Canadians in this country who regularly lack access to sufficient food. People who are living on government assistance often have to choose between paying the rent and paying for food, and that means they often can't make healthy food choices."..."

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