On September 29th, along with the Fundy Biosphere Project and CHMA 106.9FM, ACORN welcomed Jon Steinman to Mt. Allison University, in Sackville, NB, for a discussion of food security issues.
Steinman is the host of Kootenay Co-op Radio’s award winning program “Deconstructing Dinner,” which is currently broadcast on 37 radio stations across Canada, and over a dozen stations around the world. Produced and recorded in Nelson, British Columbia, Deconstructing Dinner informs and assists listeners in making more educated choices when purchasing food either for the kitchen or at restaurants.
Steinman was touring the Maritimes to discuss issues of food security and corporate concentration in Canada. In an informative and totally engaging talk, he asked those of us in the audience to try to think about buying food as making an investment, rather than a merely necessary expenditure. Then he asked us to think about what exactly our daily food purchases are investing in…
Jon showed us how the average North American meal is an investment in only a handful of enormous corporations and supporting unsustainable, corporate agribusiness. While this may not come as a huge surprise to those of you already interested in these issues, the numbers and examples Steinman provides – for instance that 90% of beef available in our country is processed in one of five massive slaughterhouses – are alarming. After illustrating just how precarious our current systems are, Steinman provides the remarkable example of what one community, his own town of Nelson, BC, can do to make sure their food investments are sound ones.
The talk was very well attended and a very lively discussion ensued! CHMA 106.9FM (Sackville’s campus and community radio station) recorded the entire talk (we haven’t included the discussion) and has graciously made it available to all here!
CHMA broadcasts Deconstructing Dinner every Wednesday at 2pm.