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Schools, campuses show an appetite for local food

 

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VANCOUVER/Vancouver Sun/ – Most Canadian schools teach children about local foods as part of their regular curriculum, but only 14 per cent have an offical policy or contract that requires local procurement, according to respondents to a national survey by Farm to Cafeteria Canada.

About 90 per cent of the 144 schools that completed the recent survey said that local food was a part of their curriculum, either in the classroom, through farm visits or gardening and composting on school grounds. Some even included education on hunting foraging and local traditional foods.

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 Source: Vancouver Sun

Date: October 10, 2013

Journalist: Randy Shore

 

 

About the author

Joanne Bays is the National Manager of Farm to Cafeteria Canada. She is a population health nutritionist and a food policy consultant with a special interest in food localism and its impact on personal, community, school, and environmental health.

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