Food Citizenship and Community Food Security: Lessons from Toronto, Canada

Abstract:

The Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC) was created in 1990 as a vehicle for “food citizenship.” Its creators challenged the assumptions that hunger was mainly a problem of income and that the food system was nourishing all Canadians adequately. Working from a vision of food security based on both social justice and environmental sustainability, the TFPC was designed to be multi-sectoral and cross-jurisdictional, and to support project innovation and policy advocacy. The paper develops the concept of “food citizenship,” emphasizing the need to move beyond food as a commodity and people as consumers. Critiques of corporate control and a loss of food skills, or “de-skilling,” within the public, and the limits of anti-hunger advocacy, or charity for achieving food security are offered.

Citation:

Jennifer Welsh, J. and R. MacRae “Food Citizenship and Community Food Security:Lessons from Toronto, Canada” Canadian Journal of Development Studies, XIX (Special Issue): 2008, 237-255.

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Food Citizenship and Community Food Security: Lessons from Toronto, Canada