There are many things happening in our community and globally. From controversial food talks to new businesses to community Facebook pages, here’s a snapshot of some things that are going on. Planning to enjoy some eggs? There’s a shortage! Yesterday was March Against Monsanto, a world-wide protest. Recently, a cree man and his recipes were featured on the CBC. In older news, a First Nation tea shop opened in Vancouver.

U.S. Egg Shortage + Avian Flu + You!

The United States is grappling with its biggest outbreak of bird flu on record, which has led to the culling of 40 million birds.

“Canada is short on eggs and has been buying heavily from the U.S. for the last several years,” said Rick Brown, a senior vice president of Urner Barry, a commodity market analysis firm. “Mexico has been dealing with its own outbreaks of avian influenza, so they’re banned from importing into the U.S. The logical place people will be looking now would be Europe.”

“The U.S. has never imported any significant amount of eggs, because we’ve always been a very low-cost producer,” said Tom Elam of FarmEcon, an agricultural consulting company. “Now, that’s no longer the case.” See the full article here.

March Against Monsanto (May 23)

The Vancouver event had community flair. From seasoned people from all industries to a 9 year old, many were talking about push back against genetically engineered food, food chemicals and environmentalism. Tony Mitra spoke about government control and policies that allow genetically engineered foods and toxic agricultural chemicals in the food supply. Kenneth H Young CD, retired decorated Canadian Military spoke about rainbow chemicals and how they intertwine with our food supply. You can see Daniel Bissonette, the 9 year old’s talk below:

Plenty more speakers were in attendance. Read up about the Vancouver event here. See pictures of the global event here.

Cree Traditional Recipes

Picture by Jacko Otter, from Sharing Cree Recipes From James Bay Facebook page

“It’s honouring our traditional food heritage”, says Ottereyes, featured on CBC. “That’s why I created that Facebook page, to honour our traditional food which we still eat in all our James Bay Cree communities.”

Visit their Facebook page in the photo link above! The page is a community page where various people post recipes via Facebook posts. If you have a recipe up your sleeve, contact the page’s admin and get in the group!

The Capilano Herbal Apothecary

1297678463509_ORIGINALPhoto from 24 hrs.

This was posted back in March, but I thought it should get more of a signal across the internet. The Capilano Herbal Apothecary is run by two mother-and-daughter pairs who are Squamish First Nation. It was named after the Capilano Indian Reserve in North Vancouver. Learn more here. They are sharing traditional First Nations’ herbal teas.  I myself am hoping to review it for Tea Tuesday when my work weeks slow down.

“It’s really our time as indigenous people to shine in both worlds,” said Michelle Nahanee, co-owner. “So we can have our culture and we can be involved in business and commerce and it doesn’t make us less indigenous.”