June 15, 2017
Household food insecurity—the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints—affects almost one in eight households in Ontario. The latest report from Northern Policy Institute’s B.I.G. Series argues that a basic income guarantee would be an effective policy solution to reduce household food insecurity among those most vulnerable to this ongoing problem.
Implications of a Basic Income Guarantee for Household Food Insecurity by Valerie Tarasuk makes the case for a B.I.G. by contrasting it with alternative strategies, such as an increased minimum wage, more affordable housing, and public food support programs. She ultimately concludes that a universal intervention, like a B.I.G., would be much more effective in tackling the issue of food insecurity, than targeted policies that are piecemeal and limiting at best.