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Webinar: The carrot and stick


​There are many complex factors that shape our eating habits, and food choices – from what food manufacturers put in food, to how it is labeled, sold, marketed, to how we learn about what is healthy or unhealthy. Most are influenced by the processed food industry.  

Government regulators and civil society organizations are battling with the processed food industry to create a better food environment for Canadians. How we get there? As advocates, where should we be pushing hardest? As consumers, how do we navigate “choice” in an environment that’s stacked against us?  

In this webinar, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, nutrition watchdog and outspoken obesity expert, joins us to talk about the struggle to improve the food environment that we all live in. We'll look at examples of progress made in changing corporate policies and behaviour: from taxes to subsidies, incentives, marketing regulations, product legislation, and consumer-directed mechanisms like labeling and nutrition guidelines. The webinar is moderated by Kathryn Scharf, Chief Programs Officer of Community Food Centres Canada.


  1. How is public understanding of food and health changing?

  2. The epic fat vs. sugar battle: What should food advocates fight for?

  3. What's the best way to regulate unhealthy food? Taxes vs. Incentives

  4. What does "personal choice" mean when it comes to food? 

  5. What's the power of industry marketing on eating habits

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