The theme of our last food issue (July/August 2011) was “Time for a Food Revolution.” The theme of this year’s food-related issue is “What’s to eat?” It features several articles on progressive initiatives around the production and distribution of food.
Mark Bergfeld surveys responses to austerity in the global north; Debbie Field talks about programs launched by foodshare in Toronto; and Evan Bowness looks at permaculture and the transition town movement.
Our cover photo this issue is part of the photo essay by Jo-anne McArthur, which conveys the sad reality of farmed animals. As Andrea Levy describes the essay in her introduction to the focus articles, “it is a plea for the moral considerability of the billions of sentient beings, reduced to the status of production units, condemned to tormented lives and deaths each year for the sake of human consumption.”
In our editorial, “the Ford Focus,” we look beyond the Toronto mayor’s crack smoking, binge drinking and seemingly terminal foot-in-mouth disease to examine the essence of the politics he represents— a hardening of neoliberal politics, spawning the kind of political climate engendered by the Tea Party in the U.S.
This element in Canada has so far been contained in the Conservative Party, barely kept in line by Harper’s right-wing, militaristic, tough-against- crime, anti-union, free trade agenda. Ford Nation is Canada’s first outbreak of this kind of politics.
Also in this issue, CD editors talk with Noam Chomsky about his take on the ecological crisis; we present a transcription of the talk Chris Hedges presented at CD-sponsored events in Toronto and Winnipeg; James Rinehart dissects the claim of Canada’s so-called skills shortage; Dawn Hoogeveen and Tyler McCreary investigate the struggles against a copper-gold mine on Tsilhqot’in territory; and in “Canada is not the arbiter of What is genocide,” Lynn Gehl takes on the Canadian Museum Of Human Rights’ decision not to use the word “genocide” in the titles of exhibits describing the colonial policies that Canada has imposed on Indigenous people.