Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Food Systems’

New Report: Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada

On the occasion of World Food Day, a new report is drawing attention to the social and environmental challenges facing global food systems and the implications for Canadian investors of unsustainable practices by food companies.

The report, Building Sustainable Food Systems in Canada: A Role for Investors, was released by the Shareholder Association for Research & Education (SHARE), a leading Canadian responsible investment organization. The report was funded by Canadian philanthropic foundations including the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.

Read the report.

Farms to Cafeteria Canada Report

According to a new report released by Foundation grantee Farm to Cafeteria Canada, activity to bring healthy, local and sustainable foods into public agencies is growing in almost every province and territory in Canada. The report Local Foods: Canadian Schools, Campuses, and Health Care Facilities Speak Up (2013) is the first Canadian survey of its kind. Click here to read the report.

Community Foundations of Canada Releases Vital Signs Report

Community Foundations of Canada has released Vital Signs, an annual national report focused on issues in our communities and our country.

This year’s edition, Fertile Ground: Sowing the seeds of change in Canada’s food system, explores our relationship with food and asks how communities can mobilize locally to build a better food system for the future. “Community foundations across Canada support a myriad of programs and services related to food,” says CFC’s Ian Bird. “We wanted to use Vital Signs to step back, look at the bigger picture and share that view with communities and Canadians.”

Click here to read the report.

Sustainable Food Systems:
News from the Regional Value Chain program

Through the Foundation’s Sustainable Food Systems initiative, we are currently supporting 15 organizations from across Canada to map their regional food systems and/or to plan and implement market-based solutions for more sustainable systems. Completed assessments now available include, Ecology Action Centre’s Valuing our Fisheries, Food Matters Manitoba’s Revisioning the Harvest, and Nature-Action Québec’s Évaluation du système alimentaire durable en Montérégie.

Learn more about our Sustainable Food Systems initiative.

In other food news, videos from Food Secure Canada‘s 7th National Assembly, which took place this past November in Edmonton, are now available to watch here.

Join Canada’s National Food Movement

Join Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada, for their upcoming National Assembly from November 1-4 in Edmonton, and connect with organizations and individuals working to create sustainable food systems, end hunger, and ensure access to healthy and safe food.

The assembly will include 40 workshops, four plenaries and a multitude of meetings.

To learn more about the event or to register, click here.

Sustainable Food Systems Update

We are pleased to announce that the Foundation will be supporting Food Secure Canada (FSC) to convene a learning and action network of organizations working to strengthen local and regional food systems. This will include groups funded under the Foundation’s Sustainable Food System initiative.

The first in-person meeting of the network will take place immediately after FSC’s Biennial Assembly in Edmonton, November 1-4, 2012. The call for proposals for workshops and presenters for the Assembly is open until July 8.

Right to Food—UN Visit to Canada

From May 6 to 16, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, visited Canada on a mission to examine the way in which the human right to adequate food is being realized in Canada.
Over the course of the 10-day visit, the Special Rapporteur met with federal government ministries, provincial and municipal authorities, political party officials, Aboriginal groups and communities in four provinces, and convened meetings with civil society organizations in five cities across Canada.

On May 16, press conferences were held on Parliament Hill by the Special Rapporteur and by Foundation grantee, Food Secure Canada—one of the organizations to help facilitate meetings for the Special Rapporteur’s visit—highlighting the need to adopt a national food strategy.

Read the Special Rapporteur’s preliminary report here. For media coverage of the mission, click here

Learn more about the Foundation’s support to Food Secure Canada and the Sustainable Food Systems initiative.

Sustainable Food Systems Update

This past January, the Foundation brought together grantees from our Sustainable Food Systems initiative and several leading food systems thinkers for a three-day workshop in Caledon, Ontario.

Frances Westley, the J.W. McConnell Chair in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo and Arlin Wasserman of Changing Tastes gave the opening address. A dynamic group of participants shared their expertise and also heard from speakers including Herb Barbolet, Liz Weaver, Michael Rozyne, Ken Meter, Russ Christianson, Lori Stahlbrand, James Barham, Marie-Paule Robichaud, and Alison Blay-Palmer.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Learning Network Launched!

Foundation grantee The Stop Community Food Centre recently launched an online Learning Network to share resources and foster dialogue about community food centre programming.

The Stop is an innovative community food centre where people come together to grow, cook and eat food, as well as to advocate for measures that can increase food security in the community.

Visit the new Learning Network to learn more.

Farm-to-School in the News

The Farm-to-School program, which matches participating schools with farmers or small networks of growers who are paid fair market value to supply produce, is proving successful in many British Columbia schools. With Foundation support it is preparing to expand across Canada, widening its focus to Farm-to-Cafeteria to work with hospitals, long-term care facilities and even ferries!

Recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail, the program teaches students about more than just the food chain, by integrating health, environmental studies, sociology, economics and agriculture.

The integrative B.C. curriculum seems to have won over young palettes to the joys of the salad bar while regenerating community interest in growing fresh produce. Students are lining up for lunch at the 50 or so salad bars that have cropped up across B.C. school cafeterias.

Read the full Globe and Mail article here.