National Food Policy Announced

The Canadian government announced the details of its national food policy, 'including a pledge $134-million to improve access to local and healthy food – and the creation of an advisory council' via

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Let's Talk Food Conference 2019

If you’ve got an idea for a food or urban ag project or a way to improve Edmonton’s food system, Let’s Talk Food 2019 is the event for you!

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New Book Highlights the Benefits of Institutional Procurement

"Households are not the only food consumers in the cities. Institutions such as hospitals, schools, universities, corporate cafeterias, or even prisons, are other big players in the food system. How can a shift in their practices help a transition to a more sustainable future? And what can cities do to foster their initiatives? A recent book called Institutions as Conscious Food Consumers presents an overview of action in Northern America."

       - Albane Gaspard, Urban Food Futures

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CFS Special Issue on Food Procurement

The Canadian Association for Food Studies just published a special issue on food procurement. It's free to download and includes a great piece on the Alberta Flavour Learning Lab!


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New Alberta Food System Policy Database

The Institute for Sustainable Food Systems and the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension is launching the Alberta Food System Policy Database: a searchable, online database of local government food system policy in Alberta. The resource includes 200+ policy references (compiled from Municipal Development Plans, Bylaws, Food Strategies etc.) from over 25 local governments, and serves as a centralized resource for planners, policy makers and community advocates to research precedents and advance food system planning in their regions.

Alberta Food System Policy Database:

For questions or further information contact: Mary Beckie; [email protected]

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Submit to Upcoming Place-Based Food Systems Conference

"This conference will bring together academic and community-based leaders and change-makers who are working to understand and advance place-based food systems as a foundational element of sustainable society. Participants will share and learn about the latest research and on-the-ground experiences and identify directions for strategic, synergistic, and concerted future study and action."

Submission deadline: March 31st, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Find out more here.


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