Every two years, Food Secure Canada gives out this award to recognize vision, leadership and a commitment to grassroots activism in building a more just and ecological food system. Nomination 2018 open May 31st and close September 5th.

With the National Food Policy originally expected to be announced in May 2018, online and in-person consultations were held hastily over the summer of 2017. But we’re still waiting for the What We Heard report from those hearings, let alone the policy itself. We are hoping this prolonged process signals that a substantive instrument towards a healthier and more sustainable food system is on its way.

The nomination period is now closed. Online polling will take place July 25th to August 19th, 2018. 

How well is Canada meeting its international human rights obligations? On May 11, it was our turn to be reviewed by the United Nations, with Canada’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

 

Diana Bronson and Peter Andrée recently had an extraordinary opportunity to exchange what is happening on food policy with European and global experts and organizations in trips to Brussels, Budapest and Brighton. Here are some of the highlights of those meetings with links to further resources for people who are interested in knowing more.

FSC is recipient of research funding for the 2018-2019 year contribution program for non-profit organizations of Consumer and Voluntary developed by Innovation, Science and Development Canada

The government just signalled where it is likely headed on food policy with clues coming from the government’s published Response to the recent Agriculture and Agri-Food parliamentary Standing Committee Report on Food Policy. A virtual town hall for FSC members was convened on April 9th, and members were vocal about their disappointment.

With new Canadian food policy and healthy eating strategy decisions expected later this year, it is disappointing that Canada’s food systems and their impact are not directly addressed in the 2018 budget.

On February 9th, Health Canada announced online consumer consultations for Front-of-Package (FOP) labelling, one of the pillars of its Healthy Eating Strategy. This is a welcome step to encourage Canadians to choose healthier foods, to reduce sodium, sugar and saturated fat consumption, and to incentivize companies to formulate healthier processed foods.

FSC, in collaboration with a pan-Canadian network of researchers and community partners with expertise in Northern food security and sustainable food systems, is undertaking a study to synthesize research and knowledge on the state of food systems and food security in the North...