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Canadian MPs dismiss findings that food policies are leading to hunger and obesity

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3550 (Published 18 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3550
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Ottawa, Canada

Members of Canada’s cabinet have engaged in a war of words with the United Nations’ special rapporteur on the right to food, who accused the government of widening inequalities in society and failing to tackle hunger and poor diet.

The special rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, who was in Canada from 6 to 16 May, chastised the government in a press statement for having “a system that presents barriers for the poor to access nutritious diets and that tolerates increased inequalities between rich and poor, and Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.”1

He pointed out that a growing number of people across Canada remain unable to meet …

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