Canada’s Food Guide: Reconciling Food Security, Sustainable Diets and Agriculture

The Consequences of Canada’s New Food Guide
(and other food policy debates)

Canada’s new Food Guide is one vision of a sustainable diet. It is intended to promote health and wellness through dietary change—but this vision leaves many questions unanswered. How will Canada’s new Food Guide shape our food systems, or change where we get our food? And what does this mean for growers and harvesters and eaters across our region—as well as policy-shapers and governments at all levels?

The media discussion around the new Food Guide—like the conversations around ‘sustainable diets’, GMOs, pesticide use, food sovereignty or farmland preservation—is yet another food policy debate that affects us in fields and forests, in our communities, and in our households. These debates take place in local municipal planning sessions, in election campaigns, in academic journals, media and social media, and soon at a National Food Policy Council. How do we make sure that these conversations and policy decisions aren’t happening in isolation, or leaving people out, with contrary outcomes and recommendations for farmers, growers, harvesters and households. And how can you have your say, in a meaningful way?

To join the video conference remotely at any time, click

Panel includes;

  • Ron Bonnett (former president of the Canadian Federation of Agriculture)
  • Dr. June Matthews (Registered Dietitian, Professional Home Economist, Associate Professor, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, Brescia University College)
  • Moe Garahan (Executive Director, Just Food)
  • Joce Two Crows (Community Earthworker, Ojibiikaan)

Just Food and the Algoma Rural Agri-Innovation Network are co-hosting this province-wide video-conference panel and discussion on Thursday, October 10th, from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at the Just Food Farm in Ottawa (2391 Pepin Court) and in Algoma at the Water Tower Inn (360 Great Northern Rd, Sault Ste. Marie).

The Algoma event will then continue into the afternoon with more panels at the Water Tower Inn, including ‘Food System Planning in Northern Communities’ and ‘Engaging International Talent in the Agri-Food Sector’.

For more information and to register to attend the Ottawa event, visit the Eventbrite page here.

For more information and to register to attend the Algoma event, visit the Eventbrite page here.

Join us in-person or via video conference, as a province-wide panel kicks off the conversation, and the Bring Food Home 2019 regional events!

To join via video conference, click this link!

Afternoon Sessions

12:30 – 12:45 — Presentation: Lake Superior Living Labs Network

The recently formed Lake Superior Living Labs Network serves as a platform to connect three regional hubs and community partners to expand and develop new partnerships and collaborative initiatives between Algoma University, Lakehead University and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Nairne Cameron and Laura Wyper from Algoma University will be presenting initiatives that Algoma University is working towards through this new research partnership.

Presenters – Laura Wyper, PhD (Algoma University) and Nairne Cameron, PhD (Algoma University)

1:00 – 2:30 — Planning a Vibrant Agriculture and Food Sector in Urban, Rural and Indigenous Communities

With changing consumer preferences, market uncertainty and disruptive innovative technologies. How can urban, rural and Indigenous communities plan for a food system that is responsive to farmers, harvesters and people living in northern communities? What market opportunities can agri-food businesses respond to with changing demands? What is the City of Sault Ste. Marie planning to respond to the needs of farmers and eaters?

Panel includes

David Thompson, Project Coordinator of the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) , Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre

Frank Belleau, Elder, Clear Sky Evening Star of the Crane Clan, Garden River

Jessica McLaughlin, Co-Founder of the Indigenous Food Circle,Long Lake #58 First Nation

Peter Tonazzo, Registered Prof. Planner, City of Sault Ste. Marie

2:45 – 3:30 — Engaging International Talent in Rural and Urban Communities

Finding labour is becoming increasingly challenging in many sectors in urban and rural communities. How can the sector engage new Canadians for a stronger agri-food sector? What does the agri-food sector need for trained people? How can we attract and retain skilled talent in our communities and businesses?

Panel includes

Adrian DeVuono, Program Coordinator, Local Immigration Partnership

Franco Naccarato, Executive Director, Meat & Poultry Ontario

George Alkhoury, Owner/Chef, Georgie’s Shawarma, Sault Ste. Marie

A Bring Food Home 2019 Regional Event

Brought to you with support from Sustain Ontario, and sponsorship from Whole Foods Market.