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FIVE BIG IDEAS FOR A BETTER FOOD SYSTEM
16
Aug

Five Big Ideas for a Better Food System

A PROPOSAL FROM FOOD SECURE CANADA FOR THE NATIONAL FOOD POLICY Canadians are concerned with the health and sustainability of the food they eat, and, as more and more people struggle to put good food on the table, our food system has become an issue of increasing priority. Unhealthy diets claim more lives than any...
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Unanimous Support Secures the Future of "Farm to School" in Oregon
26
Jul

Unanimous Support Secures the Future of “Farm to School” in Oregon

Unanimous support from the Oregon House, Senate and governor has passed a bill that supports local food in schools. House Bill 2038 allocates $4.5 million for schools to continue to buy Oregon-grown and processed foods and to support agriculture- and garden-based education. With 144 school districts participating in the program, here are some ways this...
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Healthy fare in schools? It’s food for thought
15
Mar

Healthy Fare in Schools? It’s Food for Thought

Ontario students understand local food is more nutritious, tastier and green-friendly Erin Beagle understands the power of local food. She’s seen it transform the minds and tummies of students in Thunder Bay, Ont., where she runs the Roots to Harvest program in the city’s high schools. With the catchy catchphrase “punks growing food,” Roots to...
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Increasing Indigenous children's access to traditional foods report release
18
Jan

Increasing Indigenous Children’s Access to Traditional Foods in Early Childhood Programs

Indigenous cultures and identities are closely connected to the lands and waters where traditional foods are obtained. Harvesting, preparing and sharing traditional foods are important practices of Indigenous cultures, and traditional foods are part of a healthy diet. The Population and Public Health program, BC Centre for Disease Control, Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and...
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Local Food and Beverage Strategy unveiled
20
Oct

Local Food and Beverage Strategy Unveiled

BOUCTOUCHE (GNB) – The provincial government officially unveiled its Local Food and Beverage Strategy at Ferme Michaud in Bouctouche today. The strategy provides local producers with new market opportunities. The strategy was identified last month as a key opportunity for growth in the New Brunswick Economic Growth Plan. “Increasing local food and beverage consumption can...
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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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18
Jan

Manitoba on the Menu

Schools, post-secondary, healthcare institutions and Crown corporations collectively purchase millions of dollars’ worth of food annually, yet little is known around how much local food has been purchased. At the same time, their large purchasing power and role as public facilities put institutions in a unique position to be positive drivers for growing our local...
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27
Nov

Everybody Eats: A Discussion Paper on Food Security in Newfoundland and Labrador

Food First NL, in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Health Association (NLPHA), is incredibly excited to share the release of our discussion paper, Everybody Eats. This paper is the first step in a process to develop a provincial road-map for the future of food security in Newfoundland & Labrador. Accompanying this discussion paper is a discussion guide for...
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Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time
17
Aug

Building A Successful Farm To School Movement: One Person, One Plot, One Policy At A Time

What does it take for a school district to be able to offer fresh, local, unprocessed food to its students? Chaffee County, Colorado found that the key ingredients are supportive school district administration, a strong school wellness policy, a food service director and staff passionate about incorporating locally grown foods into school meals, and buy-in...
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NDP's Local Food Act aims to get more B.C. food into hospitals
05
Jun

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...
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