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Health and sustainability in the Canadian food system : advocacy and opportunity for civil society /
edited by Rod MacRae and Elisabeth Abergel.
imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2012.
description
vi, 295 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780774822688 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
Vancouver : UBC Press, c2012.
isbn
9780774822688 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
8651813
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Issued also in electronic formats.
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Reference & Research Book News, October 2012
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Description for Teachers/Educators
This book will interest students and scholars of environmental, health,and food studies, as well as policy-makers and advocates interested inimproving the modern food system and democratic governance.
Long Description
Civil society organizations are among the most vociferous critics ofthe modern food system. Yet even after decades of campaigns,governments have failed to address health and sustainability issues ina systematic way. New approaches are in order, and this volume showcases the researchof experts from various disciplines who argue that solutions lie notjust in lobbying elected officials but rather in initiatives at thesubparliamentary level. Case studies on a range of topics, frombreastfeeding and sustainable pest management promotion to programssuch as Canada's Action Plan on Food Security, tell a story ofmisguided campaigns and missed opportunities. Real change, this inspiring volume suggests, is possible. It will comewhen advocacy groups develop innovative strategies of influencingdecision makers more resistant to public pressure: business lobbieswell connected to government agencies, middle managers, and ministriesunused to collaborating across departmental mandates.
Main Description
Civil society organizations are among the most vociferous critics of the modern food system. Yet even after decades of campaigns, governments have largely failed to address health and sustainability issues in an effective way. This volume showcases the research of experts from multiple disciplines who argue that solutions lie not just in lobbying elected officials but in initiatives at the subparliamentary level. Real change will come, they argue, when advocacy groups develop strategies sophisticated enough to counter the forces aligned against them: a powerful business lobby, lack of political will, and a dearth of government mechanisms to deal with issues that cut across departmental mandates.

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