In light of food security becoming a hot button issue in the Canadian election, Evan Fraser, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security in the geography department at Guelph University and Pierre Desroches, geography professor at the University of Toronto Mississauga and author of “The Locavore’s Dilemma” debate whether food security is about “eating locally” or “globally.”
Links to news articles, blogs and other information related to geography, GIS and more.
Posted: October 16, 2015
Posted: February 18, 2015
The Design Trust for Public Space and Farming Concrete developed the “Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit,” helping urban farmers and gardeners track the value and impact of their urban farms or community gardens. This provides necessary and standardized information that is accessible to politicians and grant organizations. Read more here.
Posted: March 30, 2014
In an attempt to create a stronger food system in Philadelphia, the city has simplified the application process for fresh food vendors. Read about the project here
Posted: February 11, 2014
An interesting piece about a group of refugees turned urban farmers. The Bahati Mamas grow organic produce in their San Diego community farm and distribute it to farmers markets and restaurants in the area. Their goal is not to turn a profit, rather the group wants to improve food access in their neighborhood, which has about half the amount of grocery stores needed to serve its population. Read more about the group and their goals … Read more
Posted: January 13, 2014
The city of Houston, TX recently changed its alcohol sale law to allow liquor to be sales within 300 ft of churches, public schools, and hospitals, in an effort to help solve its food desert problem. This change will apply exclusively to supermarkets, keeping bars and liquor stores away from those facilities. Check out some Houston food desert maps and read more about this story here.
For a map of Syracuse, NY Food Deserts Read more
Posted: November 7, 2013
The World Food Programme, the food assistance branch of the United Nations, has been using GIS to assess food security in at risk countries. They also use GIS to prepare for and help mitigate the effects of disaster events. Learn more about how they use technology here.
Posted: October 29, 2013
According to a study released by the USDA, more then 40% of the U.S. public school districts are participating in the national Farm to School program, which has schools buy produce from local farms for school meals and educates students about healthy foods. Read more about the Farm to School program and the study results here