Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

CAN (ON): U of G hosting national food policy discussion

Helping develop a national policy that ensures safe and affordable food while protecting the environment is the goal of a Sept. 12 gathering at the University of Guelph.

U of G will host an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada regional session for A Food Policy for Canada. The first-of-its-kind initiative, announced by the federal government this past spring, will set short- and long-term goals for Canada’s food system.

Similar public consultations are being held across the country. U of G’s session will include experts from across campus and Ontario, as well as government officials, including Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield and Kim Rudd, parliamentary secretary for the Minister of Natural Resources.

“The University of Guelph, as Canada’s food university, has much to contribute in helping develop a national food policy,” said Daniel Atlin, vice-president (external).

“We have a long history in agri-food and a reputation for innovation and excellence, in Canada and around the world, in food-related issues. We also have world-class researchers and facilities, and strong partnerships with government and industry.”

Tuesday’s session will focus on government-identified themes, ranging from increasing access to high-quality, affordable food, to improving health and food safety, to conserving soil, water and air.

This forum and other consultations are intended to help the federal government learn Canadians’ priorities for food-related issues. The discussions will help in shaping a national food policy.

“A national food policy requires thinking into everything from what is a healthy diet, to food poverty and food access amongst Canadian Aboriginal communities, especially those in the far North, through to production-related issues like water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture,” said Prof. Evan Fraser, director of the Arrell Food Institute at the University of Guelph.

Agri-food issues also provide economic opportunities, including food exports, and involve digital technologies, including big data and artificial intelligence, Fraser said.

“A Food Policy for Canada will be an effort to create a single, coherent governmental strategy to address all these things together.”

Source: University of Guelph

Publication date: 9/12/2017



Other news in this sector:

11/21/2017 Vegetable prices in Nepal's capital city keep increasing
11/21/2017 US: Nebraskans received over $1 billion in farm subsidies in 2016
11/20/2017 South Australia agricultural exports have increased due to new airlines
11/20/2017 Pakistan sees potential to increase fruit and veg exports to the UK
11/20/2017 Peru-Australia FTA builds momentum towards broader agreements
11/20/2017 UK vegetable prices send WPI inflation to 6-month high
11/20/2017 Australia has identified fruit export opportunities as markets have grown
11/20/2017 President of Ethiopia reiterates focus on agricultural development
11/20/2017 Masr Fruit adds Morocco products to the program
11/20/2017 "Cooperatives: success stories to help farmers overcome challenges"
11/20/2017 Belarus agriculture output sees 2.9% increase
11/20/2017 U.S. farm exports hit 3rd highest level on record
11/20/2017 CAN (ON): Fall economic statement brings mixed bag for agriculture
11/20/2017 US: Report reveals consumers prefer shopping in store for groceries rather than online
11/20/2017 Australia: Vegetable industry cash income rates highest in a decade
11/20/2017 US (AZ): Agribusiness contributes more than $23 billion to economy
11/17/2017 Productivity drives growth in U.S. agricultural output
11/17/2017 Since 1909, winter in New Zealand has become 30 days shorter
11/17/2017 Spanish import and export traffic of fruit and vegetables rose by 2.3%
11/17/2017 North Korean farmers cannot compete with low priced Chinese imports