Thoughts on Food and Society

Two things, posted on the Internet in close succession, from completely different sources, yet somewhat related and looking at some of the deepest needs and structural problems within our society.

The Foodbank, by cartoonist Dave Walker: The problem is just getting worse (and not only in the UK from where Dave Walker is drawing). People don’t have enough to eat around the world. This is one of the reasons why PWRDF started the Fred Says campaign, to highlight the problem of food security. But it is looking internationally. The problem is right in our own backyard and continuing to fill shelves of foodbanks helps, but it merely puts a bandaid on a gaping societal wound.



The Many Faces of Rock Bay Landing: An article in the Victoria Times Colonist about the shelter at which I used to work. Again, it outlines some of the deficits in our current social systems and the problems that has created for a lot of people. That shelter operates over capacity every day of the year. That alone should be enough to cause us to pause and rethink how we define ourselves as a community and country.


2 thoughts on “Thoughts on Food and Society

  1. And what gets me Gillian is all the articles that have been popping up recently pertaining to places in the US where people who were feeding the hungry for free were told to cease and desist because other businesses felt they were being hurt by it. One place even created a new by-law about gatherings in parking lots just to stop the hungry from being fed. It makes me wonder what humanity is coming to.

    • It’s true Bev. After one of my clients was arrested for shoplifting food (again), their comment to me was that they didn’t see what was wrong with shoplifting a basic human need when the government systemically prevented them from getting enough for their family.

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