Local Food News — Canada

Federal Elections: 4 Parties are in Favour of a National Food Policy

Food Secure Canada distributed a questionnaire to the five main political parties in September on the issues in our Eat Think Vote campaign. The Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Green Party responded to our questionnaire, the Conservatives did not.  Some additional information was extracted from their political platforms. Food Secure Canada post.

 

Food Security: Is it better to ‘eat local’ or global?

Thanks to the recent agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership, the issue of food security has made its way into the election campaign. Dairy and poultry producers were concerned that Canada’s system of supply management would disappear under the new deal and they warned that if that system was lost, a big part of our food security would go with it. As it turns out, supply management largely survived the seven years of negotiation over the TPP but beyond eggs, milk and cheese, Canadians are eating from an increasingly globalized menu. There’s concern that our reliance on global food trade makes Canada’s food system less secure. But not everyone studying food security shares that concern. CBC Radio, The 180 interviews.

 

Growing tomatoes in Espanola at Christmas?!

Using state-of-the art design and technology, an all-season greenhouse is now bearing fruit and vegetables, including cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, in Espanola. Cambrian College’s applied research division, Cambrian Innovates, along with its partners, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and Greenhouses Canada, a partner of Helios Whitefish River First Nation, have collaborated to design, build and test this all-season greenhouse using energy-efficient techniques and materials. Northern Life story.

 

Province Announces New Local Food Entrepreneurs Receive Funding at Great Manitoba Food Fight

Three Manitoba-made products received funding and other support after winning at last night’s Great Manitoba Food Fight, highlighting the many exceptional and delicious locally made foods produced in the province, Agriculture, Food and Rural Development Minister Ron Kostyshyn announced. “We want to help food entrepreneurs see their creations on store shelves for everyone to enjoy,” said Minister Kostyshyn. “Each year, the Great Manitoba Food Fight uncovers some of the best new food ideas in the province. It also gives the innovative people behind them a jump start to take their product to the next level, toward commercial success.” Wire Service Canada news release.

 

Community agriculture goes corporate with new agrihood housing developments

Community agriculture is going mainstream, and big business has taken note. No longer limited to a few gardening boxes on an old parking lot, the trend is taking centre stage in housing developments being built around the idea of community-grown local food. The agriculture-based developments, or so-called agrihoods, have already sprung up across the U.S. and now they’re starting to take root in Canada. One of the first is being established on an old cattle farm about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver, where Frosst Creek Development Co. is building 129 homes along with four hectares of fruit orchards, berry patches and vegetable gardens. City News story.

 

Local P.E.I. food companies booming

Consumers turning to local for food they can trust. Local food has been the talk of the food media for years, and now some P.E.I. companies are finding consumers are ready to put their money where their mouths are. P.E.I.’s locally sourced and produced food market is in a boom, and much of it is coming from independent business. “When you know a local producer and you trust what it is they’re producing, certainly that is easier in a place like P.E.I. where you would have a better chance of knowing where your food is coming from.” CBC News P.E.I story.

 

New BuyLocalNB app connects people to locally grown food in New Brunswick

The Conservation Council of New Brunswick has released a smartphone app that helps connect New Brunswickers with local growers, producers and retailers. The council says the app focuses on getting visitors to farms, markets and other places where they can experience local food, products and crafts in their neighbourhoods. The free app, titled BuyLocalNB, is available on Android devices and will soon be available on iOS devices. The Canadian Press story.

 

Atlantic Canada coming into its own as wine

In case you’ve not heard, Atlantic Canada is having a moment. It is, by many counts, a region to watch — fast becoming a culinary destination in its own right, and now too for wine. The judging for the seventh annual 2015 Atlantic Canadian Wine Awards occurred last Friday and the winners of the competition will be announced later this month. The Chronicle Herald story.

 

Inverness farm land could be offered to immigrants

A group in Inverness County devoted to increasing local food production has begun an inventory of municipal land that could be offered to immigrants. Jim Mustard of the Pan-Cape Breton Food Hub said the group is working with the county’s municipal staff to see whether there’s any public land available. The idea, he says, is to identify pieces of land, locate them on a map, and then work with the Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture to understand the soil types. The goal, he says, is to figure out the food production potential of each piece. CBC.ca Nova Scotia story.

 

Next Step for Food Policy in Canada

Join us for a stimulating conversation with food system leaders from across Canada to explore next steps for food policy and advocacy. We will kick off the conversation with brief presentations on the post election landscape (Diana Bronson, Executive Director of Food Secure Canada) and opportunities for policy and food system change (Dr. Rod MacRae, York University). How should we leverage opportunities to advance FSC’s four election campaign planks (food insecurity in the north, basic income, school food and new farmers) and a national food policy for Canada? Food Secure Canada post.

 

AND IF YOU HAVE TIME

 

An Economic History of Leftovers

Irma Rombauer said she wrote The Joy of Cooking with “one eye on the family purse.” Maybe it’s not surprising, then, that the original 1931 edition had so much to say about leftovers. Rombauer carefully inventoried all the recipes in the book that could serve as vessels for leftovers, and she enthusiastically detailed her favorite all-purpose techniques, such as folding chopped leftovers (it didn’t really matter what) into waffle batter or mixing them with cream sauce and stuffing them into hollowed-out vegetables. These tips resurfaced in editions of The Joy of Cooking published well after the Depression, but the tone on leftovers steadily shifted. The Atlantic article.

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