Publisher: GATT-Fly, Toronto, Canada
Periodical profile published 1979
Year Published: 1979
Resource Type: Serial Publication (Periodical)
Cx Number: CX947
The above issue of "Flying Together" focuses on food talks in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario sponsored by the People's Food Commission and Ten Days for World Development during February '79.
Abstract: The above issue of "Flying Together" focuses on food talks in Toronto and Southwestern Ontario sponsored by the People's Food Commission and Ten Days for World Development during February '79.
In addition to making two presentations themselves entitled Canada's Food Trade: By Bread Alone? and Sugar and Sugarworkers, GATT-Fly members participated in numerous public events with other groups around the food issue. In one particular presentation, a group from London, Ontario animated the ways in which the process of underdevelopment operates in Canada's food system: farmers are being forced off their land as increasing amounts of food are imported from abroad.
Another article highlights the issue of the family farm. The agribusiness farm, presently supported by Canada's food policies, serves the ends of high yields and high market prices at no matter what expense to the land itself or the local community. The family farm, presently undermined by Canada's food policies, is domestically oriented and represents a life-long commitment. In the long run the family farm can be a more effective and efficient supplier of good food products than agribusiness.
A question is also raised about the viability of producer cooperative farms like those of China and Eastern Europe. However, more experiments need to be done in this area; as there are so few in Canada, it is difficult to compare them with the family farm.
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