The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Real Story on Canada’s Food Insecurity

Posted on March 4, 2013

Here is my latest Huffington Post piece on the special United Nation’s envoy’s report, released today, on the growing insecurity in Canada’s food system.

Identity – If You Eat, You’re In

Posted on February 11, 2013

Common vernacular says we are “what” we eat. There’s truth in that, but it’s actually how we organize ourselves in the pursuit of food, which all of us require, that can surely set us apart as a community with a unique identity. This isn’t about supporting your local food bank. Instead, it’s about how we’ve permitted our collective identity to be decided for us by a modern food system that is inefficient, dangerous to our health, expensive, and ultimately alienating. How we change that paradigm as a community will largely determine who we are as a people. For if we are citizens blithely transporting ourselves to food stores on the periphery of our city, buying the same products, looking at the endless array of…

Hunger and Waste

Posted on October 10, 2012

The following is my recently published article in the Huffington Post. Across Canada hundreds of food banks sent out special appeals over the Thanksgiving season asking people to donate generously. They had clear reason for doing so. Most food banks are facing record demand, as a deep recession that has supposedly ended still leaves its impact all over the country. The London Food Bank, which I co-direct, has seen a 19% increase over this time last year – the majority of that increased demand made up of people who only two years ago were working. Last August saw our highest monthly demand ever in our 25-year history and our highest daily record was only two weeks ago. While many still claim that food banks…

Hunger Games – No Way Out

Posted on April 4, 2012

Budgets are infernal things and in times of economic hardship can either rescue a troubled economy or prolong it. And in a world where governments ever have an eye toward the next election and big business runs on quarterly projections, budgets inevitably have a particular audience in mind to improve their ratings and their fortunes, regardless of long-term consequences. With the case of the Finance Minister’s budget announcement it’s clear he wasn’t speaking to Canada’s less-fortunate, other than to encourage them to keep a stiff upper lip – the hunger games will continue. For whatever reason, governments continue to justify cuts to the poor or marginalized under the rubric that we all have sacrifices to make if we hope to balance the books. The…

Hunger’s “Twilight Zone”

Posted on April 13, 2010

I first cut my teeth on international development in Bangladesh in the early-1970s.  Back then the theory was that a lack of food supply was destined to wreak havoc in the coming decades.  This came to be the common understanding at that time. Fast-forward to Rome a few months ago, to the Food Summit, and we suddenly started hearing a different story.  Ironically, delegates were being told that there was plenty of food available to feed the entire world.  The issue quickly became one of finances: food was readily available, but at a price that many of the poorest couldn’t come close to affording.  Before you knew it, everything became money, money, money – if we had the funds we could do anything. I’m…

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