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Vote for healthy food and food literacy in Ontario schools

Where is food literacy headed for the students of Ontario? We almost had it – legislation to teach critical life skills to Ontario students. Bill 216 – Food Literacy for Students Act, 2020 was to include the following: “The Education Act is amended to provide that curriculum guidelines shall require that courses of study be […]

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Money-saving tips for food shopping amidst soaring food prices

We are certainly living during challenging times. First there were lost jobs and reduced work hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Supply chains issues went hand in hand with Covid and now war is fueling unprecedented energy costs which is adding to the soaring cost of food. Food insecurity is becoming more widespread. With the […]

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Let’s make food literacy education happen in Ontario

It’s time to add a critical new component to what has traditionally been known as the three Rs of education – reading, writing and arithmetic. This phrase has been around since the 19th century but students need much more of a foundation to go forth in the 21st century. Food literacy is key to developing […]

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Celebrate Earth Day in your kitchen- Grow your produce waste

  Today is Earth Day and what better time to turn your kitchen into a garden. Kitchens have become the hub once again as many are furiously cooking and baking. Why not add some gardening to the mix and at the same time, decrease food waste? With grocery store visits being infrequent or not at […]

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We dropped home ec because it was sexist. Here’s why we screwed up

Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month – Potential to Discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook. Back in the day, home ec classes were standard on the curriculum for female students. We were taught all about food but compared to other courses like biology or math, home ec was […]

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Let’s celebrate Canada’s farmers

It’s Ontario Agriculture Week here, and in Saskatchewan it’s Agriculture Month – both are held to celebrate the hard work of farm families in producing food and agricultural products. Farmers and how they bring food to our tables simply don’t get enough attention. We hear about massive factory farms and somehow we’ve been led to […]

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What’s the buzz about bees?

While you may not love having a bee buzzing around your head as you enjoy the outdoors, these little critters have earned some respect over the past few years. News stories pointing to their role in putting food on our tables has led to a change in attitudes as it’s now recognized that honey bees […]

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#RandomActsofCooking

  As a dietitian and nutrition writer, I’m often invited to various food events, though, the one I attended on Giving Tuesday, was definitely quite unique. It was called #RandomActsofCooking and took place at Toronto’s Dish Cooking Studio but instead of someone presenting information or a cooking demonstration, we, the participants, were invited to share […]

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