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.
Link to the full article “National School Food Program a short-term opportunity for jobs creation and economic growth” published in the Canadian Science Policy Centre.
“Food at school can improve children’s health and academic outcomes while creating economic opportunities for local, sustainable agriculture”. Check out my latest co-authored piece with Dr. Sara Kirk originally published in the Conversation Canada. Link to full article “Federal budget pledges a Canadian school food program but recipe requires funding”.
Was interviewed on TV 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 “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. (Link to full article “‘Farm-to-school’ movement takes root in Canada” featured in @ConversationCA).
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 county, and readership, 15,000 readers to-date. 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.
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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.