Factors driving the local food movement
According to Amy Cotler, author of The Locavore Way, this trend of choosing locally grown food has blossomed in recent years. Cotler says that in her 20 years as a farm-to-table consultant, she has seen a considerable increase not just in the number of people open to eating locally, but in the number who actively seek out sources of local food. But why are people so in favour of local food? Cotler says choosing to eat locally often reflects individual ethical preference. The Muse article.
Bylaw should not hinder the growing of local food
Re: ‘Lantzville shuts down urban farm’ (Daily News, Nov. 20. I was dismayed to read the District of Lantzville is shutting down an urban organic gardener because his property isn’t zoned for agriculture. One of the oldest traditions of civilization is that land owners can use their land to grow food. To have a bylaw that forbids me to grow and sell my own food is absurd. Nanaimo Daily News news.
Food-passionate Youth show their strength at the Food Secure Conference in Montreal
On November 26th-28th, over 100 Youth from across Canada gathered as part of the Food Secure Canada Bi-Annual Assembly at the University of Montreal. We united with our comrades from across Canada in a call for food sovereignty, or the right of all people to decide their individual and collective food reality. With a grounded sense of community, the new generation of Food Secure Canada brought together different slices of the sustainable food system pie – including as farmers, activists, non-profit workers and academics. Toronto Youth Food Policy post.
Funding In New Opportunities Could Have New Brunswick Dairy Industry Saying Cheese
Milk 2020, a not-for-profit company established by New Brunswick dairy farmers and processors to drive research and innovation in the sector, will receive up to $78,000 to identify speciality cheeses that could be produced using New Brunswick’s surplus milk. Farms.com story.
Two-Thirds of Canadians Use Natural Products
More than two-thirds of Canadians use natural products and use seems likely to grow, according to a new Ipsos Reid poll conducted on behalf of Alive Magazine this September. In the past 12 months, 68% of Canadian adults have used one or more of the following natural products, with use of each Details.
Costco Testing Canadian Pork Sales
Costco is testing the sale of fresh Canadian pork at some of it’s Canadian stores. Three of the test markets are in the Ottawa area – the other across the border in Gatineau, Quebec. Ontario Pork says the label on the front of the product will feature the Pork Marketing Canada ‘Canadian Pork’ logo. Blackburn Agri-Media story.
NFU Opens Door to Canada’s Urban Farmers
The National Farmers Union has opened its ranks to Canada’s urban farmers for the first time. At its annual convention last week in Saskatoon, the 41-year-old organization formally opened its membership to any Canadian engaged in farming — including city dwellers. Farms.com story.
Farmlands on the Brink
The president of the development company that owns Southlands has proposed a plan that he says could serve both interests equally. Proponents argue that it could serve as a model for a new form of planning — agricultural urbanism — where people and farms can co-exist. Opponents fear it will only drive up the prices of already expensive, and scarce, farmland in the region. The Tyee article.
First-ever study into Canadians and the restaurant industry reveals strong connection
What was your first real job? Chances are, it was in a restaurant. In a study released today, 22% of Canadians say their first taste of the working world was in the restaurant and foodservice industry – the number one answer, according to an Ipsos public opinion survey of more than 1,000 Canadian adults, sponsored by Kraft Foodservice Canada. Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association post.
Call for papers: Sixth annual general meeting of the Canadian Association for Food Studies
The Canadian Association for Food Studies (CAFS) will host its sixth annual general meeting at University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, Fredericton, on May 28 – 30, 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. Founded in 2005, CAFS promotes critical, interdisciplinary scholarship in the broad area of food systems: production, distribution, and consumption. CAFS members are drawn from an array of disciplines including adult education, agriculture, anthropology, economics, environmental studies, health studies, home economics, human nutrition, geography, literature, psychology, philosophy, policy studies, public health, rural studies, sociology, social work and urban planning. CAFS membership is open to academics, students, policy makers, community workers, professionals, practitioners and others interested in food studies research. Details.
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Country Roads, Memoirs from Rural Canada
Rural people, places, and communities vary greatly in a country as geographically vast and culturally diverse as Canada. For some, the country was a place of happiness and belonging; for others, it was a source of hardship and sorrow. For many, it was both. Some writers grew up loving their rural homes, never wanting to leave. Others couldn’t wait to escape to the city. From Victoria, British Columbia, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, three generations of Canadians tell their stories of growing up in rural communities in Country Roads. The writers–including journalist Pamela Wallin, NHL coach Brent Sutter, and award-winning authors Sharon Butala and Rudy Wiebe–share one thing in common: they were all country kids whose upbringing profoundly impacted their identities. The thirty-two memoirs in Country Roads are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always engaging. Details.