Northern Food Insecurity

High food prices are fueling a food insecurity crisis in the North.

Arctic communityThe Canadian North presently suffers from a lack of accessibility to high quality food and the non-traditional food that is available must be shipped from the south at great expense to northern retailers and residents. The Canadian federal government has been mitigating this problem through the establishment of a program that heavily subsidizes the transportation costs of certain food items. This program presently transports 14 million kg of food to 140 isolated northern communities (90,000 people) in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Labrador and the northern reaches of Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. However, there is only marginal evidence that food costs have fallen for northern residents and this program is costing the Canadian taxpayer nearly $60 million per year.

An alternative solution is to establish agricultural facilities in the North with the construction of greenhouses. Although there are presently greenhouses in operation in a few northern communities, they are not economically sustainable and require substantial government funding to operate on a seasonal basis. A key problem is the commercialization of agricultural facilities that will not only be profitable for investors, but able to meet the needs of small, northern communities.

The following external links outline the food security crisis in the North:

A Right to Eat: Families in isolated northern Manitoba communities fight to put healthy food on the table:

Posted by CBC Manitoba on Saturday, 8 August 2015

The technology and concepts exist to reduce the hardship of living and working in the North. It’s time to integrate these systems to provide a viable alternative for stakeholders in the North. Facebook Feed:

I remember once what my grandpa said,,,he raised us on the land n in the bushes,and fed us off wild meat,berries ,n lotsa fish,,and also grew potatoes turnips n carrots n onions,as in u can't grow that much out in the open,,,one day u kids will be eating a lot of unhealthy foods n u guys will be sick,,,I never knew what he meant now I do ,obesity,diabetes,stomache aches heart disease n so on ,he spoke in his language i still understood him and he tried to teach us how to hunt n garden,,but the the next generation got lazy...I remember a lot of hard work,,,,but that was him feeding us from his hard working bleeding hands,,,I understand now Kimshoom ,,,most of us lost our ways ,,,,yes some ppl still live that way,,but too late for our next generation of children ,,,they won't eat it......sad but happy I got a chance to be raised with my grandparents,,just thought I'd rude comments please..just a nice story.... ...

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