Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What's New - October 30

Fall Supper
Gordon-King Memorial United Church, 127 Cobourg Ave,
Is holding their Fall supper fund raiser
On November 4th at 5pm
Tickets are $10.00/person, children 5 and under $ 5.00
All the food is 100 mile and there is a 100 mile desert option.
Please call 667-8781 for tickets, numbers are limited. Please let us know that you are a 100 miler.
Gary Clark

Fair Breakfast Fare
Are you wishing for some 100 mile bananas and chocolate??
Come on out to the Fair Breakfast Fare at the Conservatory, Assiniboine Park. November 9 from 9;30AM-11:30 AM. Find out more about fair trade foods, sample 100 mile muffins and fair trade coffee and locally grown tropical foods, tour the Palm House's edible plants area and more! Displays on fair-trade and local food
November 9th 9:30-11:30 AM. Cost by donation
Co-sponsored by Manitoba Food Charter, 100 Mile Manitoba, Fair Trade Manitoba and 10,000 Villages. For more information, please contact Bonnie at 986-7051.

100 Mile Yams
Organic Planet Worker Co-op has just received 60 lbs of local organic yams, grown near Portage la Prairie. They'll sell for $3.85/K. And a reminder, we still have lots of local potatoes, beets, carrots & garlic!
Organic Planet Worker Co-op - 877 Westminster Avenue - www.organicplanet.coop
phone (204) 772-8771 | fax (204) 772-8852

Wind Up Event
With Sunday December 9 not that far off, we thought it would be great to celebrate the completion of the 100 days of the 100 Mile Manitoba's 2007 challenge. We need some folks willing to help plan something for that weekend. Please contact Paul at 943-0822 in Winnipeg or paul@mbfoodcharter.ca if you are interested in helping out.

Food News

Editor's Note: On October 19, the World Bank released its Annual Development Report for 2008. For the first time in a quarter century, the report focuses on agriculture. The complete report can viewed here. The Misereor and Heinrich Boll Foundations have just released a very thorough and systematic response to the Bank's report entitled "Response from a Slow Trade Sound Farming Perspective". The critique highlights the relative neglect that agriculture has received in development circles for the past generation and highlights weaknesses and omissions of the report including but not limited to: the lack of historical perspective; lack of an overall vision for rural economies; overwhelming focus of monetary aspects of agriculture at the expense of social and environmental; promoting while ignoring obvious limits of industrial agriculture; lack of discussion on political power at the global level and roles of TNCs; and the fact that the Doha round is not addressing the needs of many countries.
The authors of this response make important recommendations for the future of agriculture. Among these are the suggestions that a major multilateral organization such as the FAO or UNCTAD establish a public databank on the size and scope of large agribusiness firms and that policies should aim to regionalize production chains favouring rural economies.

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