In late June, we went to Ottawa with 300 representatives from all corners of the food system to talk about a new food policy for Canada. For a long time, many of us have imagined how a “joined-up” approach to the food system could work. The possibilities, while intriguing, would involve major shifts to the current system. Many questions remain about the realities of working across many silos, particularly when significant issues and interests are at play in each of the four priority areas identified by the government: food security, health and safety, agricultural economy, and the environment.
If you grew up in a household where slices of enriched bread and butter were on offer at every meal, you can probably thank Canada’s Food Guide. For the first time in 10 years, Health Canada is in the midst of revamping the food guide through a review of existing research and a multi-phase public consultation process.
This month marks five years since we first opened the doors at Community Food Centres Canada. We're celebrating by taking time to reflect and thank some of the incredible organizations and individuals whose passion and commitment are making a difference in their communities and powering our food justice work across the country.
July Research Roundup
Our quarterly Research Roundup features highlights from recent studies and reports in the realm of food, health, and community belonging.
Small dietary improvements linked to longer lives
Brent Preston, farmer, author, and long-time supporter of the Community Food Centre movement, has had a busy few months. In May, his first book was released, and on June 10, he and his wife, Gillian Flies, hosted the annual Farms for Change fundraiser on their farm near Creemore, ON. The fundraiser, originally called Concert at The New Farm, started out ten years ago, in support of The Stop Community Food Centre.
It’s a Tuesday evening deep in the heart of asparagus season, and the wide, stone-topped kitchen island at The Local Community Food Centre in Stratford, ON, is packed with people. A country twang wafts from the stereo while everyone has a snack and cup of tea before getting to work mixing and measuring, cutting and slicing for the meal they’ll share at the end of the night. The menu evolves according to the interests and skills of whoever turns up, though coordinator Kate Van, whose infectious laughter fills the space, has recipes on hand.
Looking for a fun weekend? The UK’s favourite food, music and family-fun festival – The Big Feastival – is coming to Canada! From August 18-20, The Big Feastival will fill you up on good food and good music, while helping to support a good cause: good food for all.
Research has show that there's a direct link between a person's income and their health. In fact, poverty accounts for 24% of a person's years of life lost in Canada.
Across Canada, seniors are a fast-growing population who will make up a quarter of Canadians by 2036. Research shows that seniors are at greater risk of becoming lonely and socially isolated — they have a harder time accessing social spaces due to declining income, lack of mobility, living alone, and the moving away or loss of friends and family.