What happens if Canada's protective bubble bursts?
Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | 08:56 AM ET
by Amber Hildebrandt, CBCNews.ca
If it wasn't for the fact that I work in the media, I'd have no idea food prices were rising catastrophically around the world. My grocery bill, last I checked, seemed about right. And that's likely the case for most Canadians.
But analysts warn that our protective bubble is about to burst.
And I can't help but wonder how Canadians will react. Riots and protests the likes of those seen in developing countries around the world are highly unlikely. Here at home, the reaction will be muted.
Will Canadians simply borrow from our entertainment pot to pay for costlier food? Or will we see a surge in the already trendy locavore culture, with city dwellers buying up fashionable Eglus to raise chickens in their backyards or buying from area farmers instead of the grocery store?
Or perhaps institutions and families here will look south of the 49th parallel for inspiration, where Associated Press reported Monday that some university cafeterias have begun paring down their portions in an effort to reduce costs.
Even Harvard, one of the richest universities in the U.S., tried to cut back on pricier ingredients in its dining hall, pulling whole grain pasta and cherry tomatoes from its menu. The changes didn't last long in the face of student outrage. Other schools were more creative to try to keep food costs down, with some eliminating trays to keep students from grabbing more food.
How about you? How do you plan to adjust to rising food prices?
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Amber Hildebrandt writes for CBCNews.ca in Toronto. Growing up on a farm in Manitoba, she acquired an insatiable appetite, but it was during a stint in Japan that she developed her discerning tastebuds and "foodie" ways.
Andrea Chiu is an associate producer at CBC Radio Digital. Though she loves to eat, cook and discuss food, don't ask her to bake. It never turns out well. She tweets as @TOfoodie on Twitter and organizes food and wine events in Toronto called FoodieMeet.
Tara Kimura is the consumer life reporter for CBCNews.ca, covering a wide range of issues that range from rising food costs and the growing organic movement, to new trends in the marketplace.
Andree Lau is a CBC web reporter in Calgary. Her journalism career includes seven years as a CBC-TV reporter. Her own blog called "are you gonna eat that?" chronicles her eating adventures (including sampling snake and camel hoof tendon).
Jessica Wong is a CBCNews.ca writer who loves to eat and cook, as well as discuss, read and watch programming about food, sometimes all at once.
Kevin Yarr, CBCNews.ca's writer in Prince Edward Island, wrote about food and beer for national and regional magazines before joining the CBC. He acquired a desire for new tastes on his first trip to Europe, and an appreciation of eating locally and in season when he finally settled down on P.E.I.
Elizabeth Bridge is a writer with the CBC Digital Archives in Toronto. She first ventured into the kitchen as a child to indulge a sweet tooth by baking cookies and making fudge. A student budget compelled her to be a vegetarian (for a while) and instilled in her an ongoing curiosity about food and cooking.
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