Food porn Friday: Fairytale Eggplant
I’m going to be honest here: I don’t really love eggplant. I suspect it’s because it never really turns out right when I’ve tried cooking it and I’ve subsequently shied away from it in dining out situations. Not that I haven’t had good eggplant dishes; I have. I’m just a bit gunshy about the big purple vegetable. But these shots of Fairytale Eggplants from Boulder Locavore are too gorgeous to pass up. Gwendolyn Richards blog in the Calgary Herald.
Missing links in a national food strategy
The status quo is no longer an option. That’s why putting together a national food strategy or policy will require the wisdom of every sector of society to address the complex and interconnected issues we face. It seems that everyone is calling for a national food strategy—from Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz to the Canadian Federation of Agriculture to the grassroots food movement. The drive for a national food policy is coming from different sectors for different reasons. But the fact is that there are structural problems in our country’s food system. People’s Food Project Policy post by Cathleen Kneen and Amanda Sheedy.
Canada’s food policy system overloaded: report
Canada’s system of food policies, laws and regulations is overloaded according to a new Conference Board of Canada report prepared for the Centre for Food in Canada. The report, Governing Food: Policies, Laws and Regulations for Food in Canada, looks at the layers of policies, laws and regulations that have grown over the years and concludes that the system needs to be modernized. BetterFarming.com story.
Taste of local food products at event
Lantzville’s urban farming debate is helping fuel a new foodie event this Saturday in downtown Nanaimo. Chefs and farmers are partnering to serve fresh, local food during this year’s inaugural Harvest Festival, an event geared at giving residents a taste of Island agriculture. Canada.com story.
Working up an app-etite
But we’re here to help and, because these are the Food pages, we’ve chosen 20 food apps that will have you living appily ever after as summer fades into fall and you suddenly find yourself back indoors, doing all things domestic. Like cooking. And making school lunches. And looking to your smart phone or tablet for a little help. Not all food apps are created equal. Some are free, others are not. Vancouver Sun story.
Sustainable Farming: Measuring what matters
Life cycle assessment [LCA] will help transition agriculture toward a strategy that will position Canadian farmers in a leadership role in environmental stewardship. I’ve written extensively about LCA as the “new math” for agriculture and so have two recent reports by Pulse Canada. The two reports focus on five elements of sustainability that are emerging as the highest priority for measurement including: greenhouse gas emissions, impacts on water, impacts on biodiversity, soil health, and social impacts, including labor practices. Al Scholz post on the Canadian Farm Business Management Council’s website.
Leadership seen in gardens
Langley Township has won two awards from the BC Recreation and Parks Association. The Township’s urban gardens have been recognized for environmental leadership, and the Willoughby Community Park was given the Parks and Open Spaces Award. It was the Langley Demonstration Garden and the Community Garden in Murrayville that won the Township the green prize. The demonstration garden is an active demonstration of waste reduction through composting, water-wise gardening, pesticide reduction, backyard habitats, and sustainable home and garden practices. Langley Advance News story.
New fund has a taste for organic food
Home-grown food companies with a green mandate, a strong brand and a proven business model will have the opportunity to tap into an innovative new investment fund this fall. Investeco Capital Corp., a Toronto-based private equity group that bills itself as Canada’s first environmental investment company, is launching a $40-million fund dedicated to growing small and medium-sized food companies that meet its tough criteria, including at least $2-million in annual revenue. Globe and Mail story.
Bare shelves in Canada’s breadbasket
With the local food movement booming across Canada and the United States, farmers’ markets have been cropping up everywhere, from office buildings to hospital lobbies and even remote communities. The heart of Canada’s breadbasket, though, is becoming the country’s most unfortunate place to be a foodie: In Manitoba and Saskatchewan, two of the nation’s most agriculturally oriented provinces, reams of requests for new farm markets are being turned down, and some markets regularly have dozens of empty stalls despite the crowds they draw. Globe and Mail story.
Nelson cookbook shortlisted for national award
Seasonings: A Year of Local Flavour in Words and Recipes (published by the Kootenay Country Store Cooperative and the Nelson Library last fall), is short-listed in the English-language Culinary Culture Category of the 2011 Canadian Culinary Book Awards, sponsored by Cuisine Canada and the University of Guelph. Awards will be presented at a gala reception held during the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto in November. The event dovetails with Cuisine Canada’s second annual student chef competition Canada Cooks the Books!, which will be based on recipes found in this year’s nominated books. The Nelson Daily post.
AND IF YOU HAVE TIME
Sustainable Local Food Systems in Europe and the Americas: Lessons for Policy and Practice
Only eating food from within a 100 mile radius of your home or trying to avoid eating food which has to be shipped from the other side of the globe has become popular with many individuals over the past decade. But in a cold country such as Canada how realistic is the “100 mile diet” and counting “food miles”? What role could public policy play in promoting local food systems? Join the debate with academics, civil society actors, industry representatives and civil servants. The event discussed the latest policy-relevant research from the EU and Canada. Materials produced for the policy workshop, March 3, 4 and 5, 2011, such presentation slides, presentation summaries and podcast interviews with several speakers have been posted. Canada-Europe Dialogue website.