Announcements

Job offersmore »



Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published 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:

6/22/2018 Switzerland: "We are independent, to guarantee our freedom"
6/21/2018 Mexico: Tomatoes surpass avocados and become second most exported product
6/21/2018 US: Hourly wages for hired farmworkers have grown steadily
6/20/2018 How sealed containers are broken open
6/20/2018 Global ambitions for Australian vegetable growers
6/20/2018 “Difficult Dutch tomato market, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel”
6/20/2018 US: Pricing and demand of Romaine lettuce are off
6/20/2018 US, Spain, and Mexico account for 40% of Peruvian pepper exports
6/20/2018 Spain: End of Canary tomato campaign with lower exports
6/20/2018 Annual growth in labour costs at 2.0% in euro area
6/20/2018 China: Shandong vegetable prices increase
6/20/2018 US (CA): Radicchio welcomes strong demand
6/19/2018 Canadian growers shake their heads at talk of boycotting US goods
6/18/2018 Africa: New programme to boost soil productivity, reduce soil degradation
6/15/2018 America's favourite vegetable is broccoli
6/15/2018 Modernisation creating good competition on the pepper market
6/15/2018 Guatemala: "Crops won't be harmed by the eruption of the volcano"
6/15/2018 Norwegian cucumbers are doing well
6/15/2018 US: Rain in Florida, labor shortage in California for tomato growers
6/14/2018 Demand for South Australian eggplant carrying on into winter