Food Advocacy in Canada

How does real change come about? Aleck Ostry and I are part of a group of contributors trying to answer this questions in a soon-to-be released book called Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System: Advocacy and Opportunity for Civil Society (UBC Press, June 2012).

The book is an exploration of the successes and limitations of food advocacy work in Canada. Our chapter is called “For All the Wrong Reasons: Ninety Years of Breastfeeding Promotion in Canada” and looks at the influences of government, various social movements, and civil society organizations on trends in breastfeeding and strategies for supporting (or not supporting) women.

Edited by Rod MacRae and Elisabeth Abergel, the book covers topics ranging from sustainable pest management and obesity in schools to agricultural land protection and green politics. The book is scheduled to be released in June; in the meantime, you can take a look at the Table of Contents in the UBC Press Environmental Studies catalogue.