National Food Strategy Proposal Needs Lots Of Consultations
The discussions for a National Food Strategy in Canada need to go beyond the agriculture ministry according to the President of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture. Bette-Jean Crews says the plan that the OFA has been working on with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture needs consultations from many decisions makers. The National Food Strategy is a plan being led by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to help the country create a long term vision of what the food system should look like. Blackburn Agri-Media story.
Saanich first in region to go ‘local’ on food
Saanich is set to become the first municipality in the region to focus on local food for its events, moving toward having the same for all its food services. Coun. Dean Murdock, chairman of the Healthy Saanich Advisory Committee, said he’s not aware of any other municipalities with such a local food procurement policy, although the University of Victoria does. The motion will go to council next week, but Saanich has long been in favour of green practices. Victoria Times Colonist story.
Food Day celebrates local food, farmers, and agriculture
It’s Food Day in Canada (July 30), and the government is encouraging everyone to “Eat Canadian” Saturday. Food Day Canada is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the contributions of farmers and processors. Agriculture is an essential part of this country’s economy, accounting for around two million jobs and contributing about 8 per cent to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product. Approximately 300 restaurants across Canada will be serving all Canadian menus as part of the celebration. CTV Regina story.
Supermarkets latch onto local food trend for piece of pie
The obituary for the local food movement may be in the preparatory stage. And the roots of its demise may lie in its potential profits. Tom Johnston, associate professor in the University of Lethbridge geography department, has studied farmers’ markets and the local food movement, which he said is probably one of the fastest growing segments in food sales. Ten years ago, organic food shared the top spot. “If there’s money to be made, the local food movement will be appropriated by large blocks of capital by the retail chains and the agri-food businesses,” said Johnston in a May 26 presentation to the Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs. Producer.com story.
Food miles: what does it mean for farmers?
The term food miles was first used in a 1994 report from the United Kingdom to highlight the environmental and social impacts caused by the increasing distances that food was travelling. It has been widely adopted by local food movements and used to promote the widespread growth of initiatives such as farmers’ markets. Buyers, retailers and consumers are increasingly using it when making purchasing decisions. It’s even beginning to appear in government policies. Interestingly, the term is commonly used as a surrogate measure for greenhouse gas emissions from food sources. Western Producer opinion.
Farm guides make finding local food easy
Choosing to buy our food from our neighbours not only fuels a vibrant farm economy but gives us all a basketful of fresh and flavourful products. Knowing where to buy means saving time. There are several guides out to help Cowichan Valley residents find local produce fresh from the farm. The Southern Vancouver Island Direct Farm Marketing Association (SVIDFMA) is back with its 25th annual Farm Fresh Guide helping savvy Island consumers fulfil their 100 Mile, 50 Mile or even 10 Mile diets. Canada.com story.
Locavore brunch popular event
The fourth annual Locavore Brunch at John R. Park Homestead Sunday from 11 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. offers a menu of area foods from crepes to lavender lemonade, fresh breads and local maple syrup, along with bacon, sausage. The cost is $20, but organizers with the homestead caution admission must be purchased in advance and the event now in its fourth year typically sells out. Visitors can meet with about 10 local food providers such as an orchard grower, honey producer and the food delivery business, Natural Earth Organics. Windsor Star story
Supermarket adopts animal welfare standards for meat in Canada
Consumers concerned about the past life of their meats are about to get clarity from one chain of organic grocery stores. Whole Foods Market Inc., a U.S.-based retailer that operates the country’s largest chain of natural and organic food supermarkets, is extending an innovative animal welfare labelling program to its six Canadian stores this week. Rolled out earlier this year across the United States, the labels on all chicken, beef and pork sold at Whole Foods tell consumers exactly how the animals were reared. Globe and Mail story.
Roof gardens soften hard edges of city living
As the mean streets of many cities undergo a renaissance into vibrant downtown meccas, rooftop and terrace gardens, largely invisible to the public eye, are creating a verdant canopy. Once wryly referred to as “tar beaches,” hot, windswept apartment roofs have morphed into urban oases, replete with overflowing pots of annuals and perennials, herbs, vines and even fruit trees or walls of shrubbery. “The increase in rooftop gardens is definitely a growing trend. Roof gardens are sprouting up in cities all over,” said Laura Yip, who chronicles her adventures in urban gardening at nycroofgardenproject.blogspot.com. Canada.com story.
Consumer and Market Demand Agricultural Policy Research Network
Consumer and Market Demand Agricultural Policy Research Network is hosted by the University of Alberta. The Network Leader is Professor Ellen Goddard. Purpose: The purpose of this network is to build capacity for analyzing consumer and market demands and factors affecting the shifts in these demands. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada post.
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Looking for local, sustainable, and healthy food: An interview with Wayne Roberts
In part one of this two-part interview, Canadian food policy analyst and writer Wayne Roberts talks about global food policy and the local food movement. WorldWatch Institute blog.