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27
Jun

Wayne Roberts on the Food Movement 2.0

Photo Above: Food activist and organizer Roberts: ‘Partnerships are the future of food policy.’ Wayne Roberts  describes himself as the “Mr. Magoo” of municipal food policy; often stumbling and frequently saved by luck (the kind that comes from years of practice.)  Roberts has decades of experience as a community organizer, and from 2000 to 2010...
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Health Impact Assessment: HB 2800: Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Policy
26
Jun

Health Impact Assessment: HB 2800: Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Policy

A 2011 report evaluating the potential impacts of Oregon’s Farm to School Garden legislation. Download a the full report here: Health Impact Assessment
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Eating Our Peas and Carrots
26
Jun

Eating Our Peas and Carrots: Strategies for Expanding k-12 Access to Fruits and Vegetables Through Supply Chain Innovation and Investment

An evaluation of Upper Midwest school district’s use of fruits and vegetables in K-12 settings and the nature of supply chains that currently provide produce. Download a the full report here: Eating Our Peas and Carrots
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Lessons From Brazil
28
May

How Brazil Cracked the Local Food Distribution Puzzle

Photo Above: Farmer Dona Madalena with a crop of passion fruit sold through the farm to school program in Tangara de Serra, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Photo by Hannah Wittman. When Hannah Wittman first started traveling to Central Brazil more than a decade ago, she was astounded at the sheer tenacity of the small family farmers...
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03
Apr

Farm to Cafeteria Canada Supports Local Food Acts: Local farmers want new markets, patients and students want local food.

Our efforts are paying off!  Farm to Cafeteria Canada has been working behind the scenes with representatives from diverse sectors right across the country to support the introduction and adoption of policy that will get more local foods into our public institutions. Last June, we were delighted to support the introduction of bill C-539 in...
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30
Jul

Quebec leads way with new food sovereignty policy

Quebecers got some good news this May when it was announced that the province had adopted a food sovereignty policy, according to Montreal-based environmental group Equiterre, which applauded the following highlights: government agencies are encouraged to buy local (with a local food procurement strategy slated to come out by year’s end) a mention of the...
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17
Jun

Five Canadian Premiers Stepping Up to The Local Food Plate

The political will to get more local food onto the public plates – is gearing up. No less than five Canadian Premiers have made solid commitments to furthering the local food movement. Three Premiers have specifically  said they want to see more  publicly funded institutions purchasing local foods and one Premier has set a target...
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04
Jun

Municipal Food Policy Entrepreneurs Report

Over 64 municipal and regional governments across Canada are using a food systems approach to improve health, generate economic development, address environmental sustainability, and engage communities. The report released today, “Municipal food policy entrepreneurs: a preliminary analysis of how Canadian cities and regional districts are involved in food system change,” is the first scan of...
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22
Apr

Grow BC, Feed BC, Buy BC

Imagine a Ministry of Agriculture and Sustainable Food Systems?, Or an agricultural land reserve that can only be used for farming? Or a provincial food procurement policy requiring hospitals to reach a target of 30% local? Or a renewal of the Buy BC program?. Yes, this is something British Columbians can expect if the BCNDP...
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01
Nov

Policies from the Field – Possibilities for Local Food Procurement in Ontario: Trade Restrictions and How Other Jurisdictions Have Avoided Them

Ontario is affected by many trade agreements that potentially restrict its ability to enact public procurement measures that discriminate in favour of local food. However, an examination of some of the limitations and exceptions of certain trade agreements that affect Ontario as well as a review of public procurement measures adopted by jurisdictions subject to similar trade agreement restrictions,...
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