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Environment
03
Jun

Plates, Pyramids, and Planet

Developments in national healthy and sustainable dietary guidelines: a state of play assessment Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Food Climate Research Network at the University of Oxford The report evaluates government-issued food-based guidelines around the globe, assessing whether they link to environmental sustainability as well as personal health. Read the report...
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Tiny school turns school turf to gardens and orchards
24
Nov

Tiny School Turns School Turf to Gardens and Orchards

It’s not unusual to see classes held outdoors at Alonsa Community School. Students regularly eat their lunch there too. That’s because what they’re learning — and what they’re eating — comes from the school’s yard. Two years ago, this tiny school of 130 students decided to dig up part of the schoolyard lawn and fill...
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Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit: Protocols for measuring the outcomes and impacts of community gardens and urban farms
05
Feb

Five Borough Farm Data Collection Toolkit

Protocols for measuring the outcomes and impacts of community gardens and urban farms This Toolkit is designed to help you measure and track the activities and outputs in your farm and garden according to five categories: Food Production Data, Environmental Data, Social Data, Health Data, and Economic Data. Each of these sections contains specific methods...
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The Double Pyramid
05
Jan

The Double Pyramid: Measuring the Impact of Foods on the Environment

The environmental pyramid was created by studying and measuring the impact of foods already present in traditional food pyramids on the environment, and placing them along an upside down pyramid, where foods placed at the lowest level (at the peak of the triangle) have the lowest environmental impact. Placing the two pyramids next to each...
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World Food Day
10
Oct

World Food Day

Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth The October 16, 2014 World Food Day theme, “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth” was chosen to recognize the importance of family farming and small scale farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family and small scale farming to address...
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THE BENEFITS OF FARM TO SCHOOL
06
Oct

The Benefits of Farm to School

A farm to school resource describing the ways in which farm to school programs enable communities to connect with local food producers for access to fresh, healthy and local food and changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. National Farm to School Network Click here to see the full article.
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19
Aug

Sustainable Farm-to-Hospital Toolkit

A how-to-guide for hospitals in the development of goals, procedures and requirements related to purchase of foods directly from one or more sustainable farmers/producers; mainstream hospital procurement of food directly from sustainable farmers/producers; address the general food safety concerns that arise when serving both healthy and immune-compromised people; provide sustainable farmers/producers with the same information...
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Forest Grove School Garden
30
Jul

Forest Grove School Garden

Forest Grove Elementary is the first school in the Burnaby District to create and sustain an edible school garden program thus making it the model school in the Burnaby District with many other Burnaby schools following a similar path. The garden has been built as 20 ft by 20 ft outdoor classroom that hosts many...
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Ross Memorial Hospital decreases ecological footprint with wholesome, nutritious local food
22
Aug

Ross Memorial Hospital Decreases Ecological Footprint with Wholesome, Nutritious Local Food

Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) is a 175 bed community hospital located in Lindsay, Ontario, serving more than 80,000 local residents and seasonal visitors. RMH has already received attention for its notable energy reduction campaigns but now they have turned their attention to greening the hospital’s food services. (See: www.greenhealthcare.ca/ross.pdf) One of the unique characteristics of...
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