Local Food News — Canada

Who do Canadians trust with their food? Local growers get top marks, new poll finds

The exclusive Ipsos poll for Global News shows the vast majority of Canadians (83 per cent) said it’s important they know where their food comes from. When it comes to what food producers Canadians trust the most, local growers and farmers get top marks, with 95 per cent saying local markets and butchers are doing a good job ensuring the quality and safety of their food products, followed by 94 per cent saying the same for produce and wheat farmers. Global News story.

 

NDP’s Local Food Act aims to get more B.C. food into hospitals

The B.C. NDP plans to introduce legislation this week to promote local food consumption in B.C. and set requirements for local products at public-sector facilities, such as hospitals and residential care homes. The Local Food Act is meant to ensure an increased and stable demand for local food, improve public awareness of B.C.-made food, and bolster the province’s food security, among other goals. NDP Agriculture critic Lana Popham said one of the changes would be requiring 30 per cent of hospital food to be from B.C. CBC News British Columbia story.

 

Insights from the first Food Environments in Canada Symposium and Workshop

The Food Environments in Canada Symposium and Workshop took place in Saskatoon, SK from May 21-23. The diversity of the speakers as well as of the audience members provided a rich outlook of the state of food environment research in Canada. Those present at the conference included local community organizers, faculty in various Canadian universities, scientists, public health representatives, as well as graduate students in fields of sociology, public health, planning, and food systems, among others. Waterloo Region Food System Roundtable post.

 

Farming School Grounds

Some wondered if school farms would be a viable economic model and wondered whether they would resolve the distribution challenges of buying from local farmers. Others were curious to see if the farms would more readily engage youth and school staff in their food system. As these schoolyard farms grow, the clearest successes have been in hands on education and leadership skill development. Farm to Cafeteria Canada post.

 

Localize program comes to Toronto

In recent years, grocers have been keen to highlight the number of local offerings they sell. But one program has taken it upon itself to actually rate the “localness” of these products. Three-and-a-half years ago, Meghan Dear launched Localize because she was frustrated with not being able to tell where the food she purchased came from. With the Localize program, products are accompanied by bright orange Localize labels that carry scores out of 10 for their “localness.” Canadian Grocer story.

 

Food and the City

It’s an exciting time for food in Halifax.  In recent years, Halifax has joined the long list of Canadian cities that are engaging with food security and community food project. Across Canada, there are over 60 municipal food policy initiatives. Inspired by these initiatives, the Halifax Food Policy Alliance (formerly the Halifax Food Strategy Group) was born.  Nearly two years ago a group began meeting with the goal of getting food on the municipal agenda.  A formal steering committee was formed in September 2014 with representatives from the city of Halifax, Capital District Public Health, Ecology Action Centre, United Way, Seaport Farmers Market and the community at large.  Our current work includes the creation of toolkits for communities to undertake a food assessment, research into and support for policy initiatives and program to support healthy food systems in Halifax, and the completion of a Halifax-wide food assessment. Haligonia.ca post.

 

Food Is Better, When You Know the Facts

Localize removes the awkward barriers that keep people from knowing more about their food. We empower shoppers to make quick, educated choices while helping grocers better communicate what the local products are in their store. Our labels highlight key details about every product, and our Localize score gives you a quick measure of how local a product is to you. Website.

 

Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs: a preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food system change

Municipalities and regional districts are key players in the Canadian food system. In a cross-Canada survey, we found that 64 local and regional municipalities are working to improve the food system, using a mix of municipal policies, programs and civil-society interventions. Still more Canadian municipalities are engaged in food systems work, but operate without the benefit of the types of organizational arrangements identified in this research. Report.

 

Local food, beer and art coming to the historic uptown Saint John building

Three New Brunswick businesses are teaming up to bring a mix of local food, beer and art to an historic buildingin uptown Saint John. Historica Developments, owners of the Canterbury Carpark, a Victorian-era commercial building in the Trinity Royal district of Saint John, announced Thursday that Picaroons Traditional Ales, Real Food Connections and a Buckland Merrifield Art Gallery will occupy the main floor of the building. “We have local food, local beer and local art. I really don’t think it gets much better than that,” said Brideau. CBC News New Brunswick story.

 

Community Food Security Hub Newsletter

This Community Food Security Hub newsletter contains information about their partners and research projects, including food costs across Canada and Sustainable-Local Food Systems in Manitoba. Newsletter.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

Farmed and Dangerous

Innocent sheep, and my heritage flock in particular, stood for everything good. Shropshires are symbolic of our ancestors, pioneers, history, peace, old-fashioned farming, homesteads, real food and family values, longevity. How could a federal government agency wreak such a horror upon these precious things? Edible Toronto story.

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