Ontario’s Food Literacy for Students Act (Bill 216) aims to make food literacy mandatory for all Ontario students in grades 1-12 to “ensure that students are given opportunities to grow food, prepare food and learn about local foods.”
Providing healthy school food would support all families, and a buy-Canada focus would help the agriculture, food service, and construction sectors
“Time for Action: Critical next steps to create a National School Food Program” by Dr. Jess Haines and Amberley Ruetz. This op-ed originally appeared in the Hill Times on March 12, 2020 under the title “Feds should take steps to create national food program for schools”.
Policy Brief: School Food & Nutrition: The Brief
The implementation of a National School Food Program in Canada could create as many as 207,700 jobs and contribute $4.8 Billion in domestic food purchases by 2029.
“Food at school can improve children’s health and academic outcomes while creating economic opportunities for local, sustainable agriculture”
A “farm-to-school” movement is growing fast across Canada but there has been little research to evaluate their potential to support local food systems and economic development. My OMAFRA-funded research will examine the farm-to-school phenomenon as an agri-food value chain and assess how these programs might evolve to expand the scope and sustainability of local food systems in Ontario
Article republished by Toronto.com; the Weather Network, the Hamilton Spectator, York Region News, BizCommunity, and the University of Guelph News.
The article gained considerable media attention, with over 24+ interviews on CBC morning shows across the country. The article was republished by the Huffington Post Canada, the Huffington Post, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Halifax Chronicle Herald, the University of Dalhousie News, the University of Guelph News and the Huntsville Doppler.
Accelerator Guelph participants set out to create a low-cost fruit and vegetable snack to be included in school lunches that will also address farm waste.
The five inaugural scholars are from Sri Lanka, Russia, Afghanistan and Canada, with each studying distinct fields varying from data science to nutrition.
I had the pleasure of being in conversation with Dr. Evan Fraser, Director of the Arrell Food Institute and newly appointed co-chair of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council, after Minister Bibeau’s announcement on Friday, February 19, 2021. Catch my remarks about how the new council can support school food in Canada starting at 27:20 & 30:00.
Interviewed on CTV about why Canada does not have a National School Food Program, how to make it happen, and why all children and our economy can benefit from healthy food at school [Sept 16, 2018].
Discussed the economic potential of local food purchasing by Ontario schools to support regional food systems and economic development. This research will examine the farm-to-school phenomenon as an agri-food value chain and assess how these programs might evolve to expand the scope and sustainability of local food systems in Ontario.
[Sept 4, 2018]
A discussion with RBC Disruptors on how digital disruption is changing the skills we’ll need for the future of work.
Full Article: https://arrellfoodinstitute.ca/disruptors/