Indigenous Gardens Boost Food Sovereignty in Canada

By Julie Mollins, Food Tank

Indigenous communities in the remote northern portion of Canada’s province of Ontario are expanding efforts to mitigate the impact of high food costs and a general lack of available nutritious fruit and vegetables in supermarkets by increasing crop production. A standard basket of food—known officially as the Revised Northern Food Basket—costs twice as much in the north as it does in the more easily navigated and densely populated south, despite government grocery subsidies introduced through the Nutrition North Canada (NNC) program in 2011, according to a report from Food Secure Canada (FSC).  A food basket for a family of four for a month costs CAD$1,909 (US$1,490) in the Attawapiskat First Nation on James Bay, but only CAD$847 in Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, the non-profit alliance said in “Paying for Nutrition: A Report on Food Costing in the North.” The price samples included in the proxy basket represent the disparity between the cost of living in north and...