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Can you DIG this video? Setting down roots for a healthy and sustainable food system

Durham Integrated Growers for a Sustainable Community (DIG) focuses on people working together to grow food in a healthy sustainable way. As the new video shows, this is partly about people getting their hands dirty as they grow food in and near Durham Region cities and towns.  However, it is also about supporting communities to grow, process, distribute, and sell food in ways that are best for them. It is about teaching skills around growing food in communities, promoting urban agriculture as a key ingredient for resilient communities and a sustainable food system, and advocating for greater policy support for urban agriculture. Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/08i-NoKaDKs to get a better sense about what DIG digs!

Better food through community financing: FarmWorks shows the way

FarmWorks is creating opportunities for Nova Scotians to support local businesses that provide food for their neighbours—right across the Province! This inspiring video gives voice to small enterprise owners who have benefitted from FarmWorks Shareholder investment, mentoring and support in communities across Nova Scotia. As a Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF), FarmWorks offers a ‘community supported finance’ model that encourages socially responsible investment. Learn more about ‘investing in ourselves’, and how to become become an impact investor through sustainable, local, ethical investing. And please share widely!

Measuring up: food systems report cards’ role in the fight for sustainable food systems

In an original research article, Alison Blay-Palmer and Charles Levkoe discuss the benefits and shortcomings of using a report card analysis as a tool to assess the states of food systems, current practices and how society envisions a healthy, equitable and sustainable food system. Report cards use indicators to gather and express information for practitioners, researchers, policy-makers and other stakeholders to use in the movement towards sustainable food systems. However, they present their own challenges, bias and political agendas. Co-authors developed the Food Counts: A Pan-Canadian Sustainable Food Systems Report Card during 2016 and 2017; this article provides valuable insight to this process and food systems report cards. To learn more about food systems report cards, access the entire article here:

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National Food Policy Recommendations

FLEdGE researcher Peter Andree and co-authors delve into two previous Canadian National food strategies to determine barriers to successfully implementing a nationwide food policy based on previous difficulties in this article. Recommendations are made about the implementation of such a plan in order for it to be successful. The authors advise the construction of a National Food Policy Council for Canada to ensure strong intra and inter-governmental coordination and public engagement along with various other instruments. Read more about the recommendations here:

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Canadian Food Studies Special Issue

Check out Canadian Food Studies’ newest special issue, with work from FLEdGE researchers! The issue focuses on Canadian food policy, touching on topics ranging from trade agreements’ impacts on national food policy to national school food programs and everything in between. Articles highlight various potential barriers to implementing a national food policy, in addition to solutions and factors which must be considered prior to policy development. Click here to access the entire issue!

 

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Indigenous Pathfinder—new personalized service for Indigenous agricultural businesses and communities

 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) offers many programs and services for Canadians who participate in the agriculture and food sector, including some that are offered under the new Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year, $3-billion investment by federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the sector.

Many of these programs are available to First Nations, Inuit and Métis through AAFC’s new Indigenous Pathfinder service. By contacting this service, AAFC staff will navigate individuals through the many support programs and services government has to offer.

AAFC’s goal is to partner with Indigenous communities, bring their business ideas forward and form lasting partnerships within the agriculture and food sector. The Indigenous Pathfinder service is already collaborating with national Indigenous organizations, individual First Nations farmers, and rural Indigenous communities that want to become more engaged in agriculture and food. The service is also looking to foster partnerships with other government departments, provincial and territorial governments and private industry.

You can find more information about the Indigenous Pathfinder service online or contact us directly at 1-866-367-8506 or AAFC.Pathfinder-Explorateur.AAC@agr.gc.ca.