Serena Caner, registered dietician

Column: Make informed food choices

I don’t think chicken was on anybody’s menu last week– especially in Chilliwack.

While the individual workers were blamed for their “sadistic” behaviour, could the problem be deeper?

Could it be that when we delegate a terrible task to people to perform over and over, they become desensitized? Could it be that we demand cheap food and yet are still horrified when we find out the animals did not live a happy life? The reality is our current globalized agri-food system is damaging livelihoods, communities, and the environment. Our chickens (and cows, pigs, bananas…) have become anonymous and we no longer know where or how they were raised.

Halfway through my university training, UBC’s dietetic program shifted its lens and rebranded itself with a new focus: Land, Food and Community. Up to that point, the coursework had been in the sciences – biology, physiology, the dreaded biochemistry (taken twice). Suddenly, I was transported to a learning environment where the professors called themselves facilitators, and didn’t lecture so much as inspire conversation on pressing issues in our food system: sustainability, food literacy, food security, food sovereignty.

Their message was urgent: if we want to maintain our rights to choose the kind of food we want to eat, we need to rethink our food system, because our current food supply is being controlled by fewer and fewer large, multinational companies.

On Sunday, June 25, we all have a chance to make more informed choices about the food we consume. From Sorrento to Armstrong, 14 local farms are extending an invitation to the free “Visit a Farm” event.

Producers of meat, fruit, vegetables, grain, wine and beer will be opening their gates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and welcoming visitors to find out about their operations and purchase their products.

Maps and full details of the event can be found at www.shuswapfood.ca or at Askews Foods.

Take a drive and find out about all the humanely-raised foods grown and produced in our own community.

Just Posted

Midwives open practice in Salmon Arm

New practitioners will deliver babies in home or hospital

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Merry lottery win for Shuswap man

Five-dollar scratch ticket a $100,000 winner for Sicamous resident

Updated: Wilkie fourth in two events at world cup

A fourth place finish in Canmore for the local cross-country skier.

Vipers down Silverbacks

Vernon goes into Salmon Arm and wins 3-1 in B.C. Hockey League action Friday

Crook’s Corner

A slice of this week’s arts and entertainment happenings in the North Okanagan at a glance

Liberal Hogg wins South Surrey-White Rock byelection over Conservative Findlay

B.C. riding to be represented by non-conservative for first time in decades

Students host dance showcase

Salmon Arm Secondary puts on winter recital Dec. 18 to 20

Writing her way to recovery

Shuswap author finds healing and well-being by writing

Six-year-old boy needs $19,000 a month to treat rare form of arthritis

Mother of sick Sooke boy asks government to help fund treatments

Environmental groups slam NDP decision to continue with Site C

Construction industry, meanwhile, is cautiously optimistic about how the project will look

Be ladder safe both at work and home

WorkSafeBC wants you to keep safe while hanging those Christmas lights this year

B.C. overdose deaths surpass 1,200

96 people died of illicit drug overdoses in October

Crown appeals stay against Jamie Bacon in Surrey Six killings

B.C.’s prosecution service says judge’s decision reveals ‘errors of law’

Most Read