Conference Board to establish Canadian Food Observatory
TORONTO, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Food Strategy, launched today by The Conference Board of Canada, stresses that
change is essential both to meet the food needs of Canadians and to
enable industry to take advantage of growing export opportunities.
Released today at the 3rd Canadian Food Summit: From Strategy to Action, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian Food Strategy
contains five key elements: industry prosperity, healthy food, food
safety, household food security, and environmental sustainability. Each
element is represented in the Strategy through one or more high-level
goals—eight in total.
The Canadian Food Strategy is a blueprint for change that encompasses
industry prosperity, health, food safety, household security and
Change in Canada's food system is essential to meet the food needs of
Canadians, while also taking advantage of opportunities for export
The strategy is the product of four years of research and dialogue
through the Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada.
"The Strategy's broad scope is essential. It reflects the widely held
view of Canadians that our food system encompasses more than the food
industries. It also includes multiple economic, social, and
environmental dimensions. This is a blueprint for change," said Michael Bloom, Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy.
"Canadians want food that is safe, nutritious, available to everyone and
produced in ways that are environmentally sustainable. We can achieve
these goals and, at the same time, capitalize on abundant opportunities
to export food to the rest of the world."
The Canadian Food Strategy, the product of four years of research and
dialogue by the Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada, brings together all of these elements.
The complete food production chain needs to be viable and prosperous to
ensure that an adequate food supply is available to Canadians -- that
means local producers, processors and operators of all sizes.
The report outlines how industry success is an engine that can help fuel
progress on the other elements of the Strategy that are vital to
Canada's interests and Canadians' well-being and quality of life.
The Strategy sets out eight goals and more than 60 desired outcomes, and
provides 110 action strategies that can help to achieve them.
To encourage implementation efforts and to track progress, the
Conference Board's Centre for Food in Canada intends to continue its
work on promoting the Canadian Food Strategy through three initiatives:
establish the Canadian Food Observatory to monitor progress in the food
sector and measure progress in achieving the goals of the Strategy.
produce an Annual Report Card: Food in Canada— Performance and Potential summarizing the progress made in the previous year, using metrics
established by the Observatory.
undertake further research on new and emerging issues.
The Summit continues Wednesday with further sessions on implementation
actions of the Canadian Food Strategy.
SOURCE: Conference Board of Canada
For further information:
Yvonne Squires, Media Relations, Tel.: 613- 526-3090 ext. 221