Food Literacy

Overview

The OFA firmly believes human health and illness prevention starts with a strong food literacy component in our school curriculum, and ends with a healthier population and a less taxed health care system. OFA wants food literacy programs reintroduced in our schools to teach Ontario’s young adults to make better, healthier food choices.

For this reason we have strongly advocated for the Ontario government, through the Local Food Act and other appropriate instruments to instigate a significant food literacy program through elementary and secondary school curriculum enhancements and through adult education.

Our food literacy goal is our Six by Sixteen Program, taken from the National Food Strategy®. It is a measurable goal to ensure that by the age of 16 years, each Ontario teenager can plan and prepare 6 nutritious meals.

Improved nutritional well-being depends on food literacy and on food access. It is well known that proper nutrition greatly elevates the learning capacity of children. A concerted effort to improve school-age children’s nutritional intake will have a significant long-term effect on the health and well-being of all Ontarians. In addition, studies show food preparation by young adults is associated with healthier diets. OFA believes that Ontario must now engage in a serious long-term effort to improve literacy and access for food across Ontario.

Improving the health of Ontarians and growing Ontario’s agri-food industry relies on knowledge and appreciation of food.

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA comments on Strategy Framework for Northern Ontario Agriculture, Aquaculture and Food Processing Sector Strategy
(August 31, 2017)

OFA Pre-budget Submission to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
(January 22, 2016)

OFA submission on Healthy Menu Choices Act
(October 21, 2015)

Letter to Hon. Dr. Hoskins regarding Healthy Menu Choices Act
(October 15, 2015)


Additional Information

Find out about food literacy at new Six by Sixteen site
(March 17, 2016)

Growing Ontario - Reintroduce food literacy
(May 5, 2014)


News

New food literacy program launched in Ontario Agriculture Week
(October 6, 2015 - Food Literacy)

OFA committed to working with new provincial cabinet
(June 24, 2014 - Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA ready to get to work with new government
(June 13, 2014 - Energy, Property Assessment and Taxation, Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

OFA and provincial government cite growth as priority
(July 4, 2014 - Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Agri-Skills Training)

OFA asks candidates to “Believe in Growing Ontario” with agriculture
(May 9, 2014 - Energy, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Agri-Skills Training)

Connecting with cabinet is first order of business
(June 26, 2014 - Wildlife & Wildlife Damage, Endangered Species, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy)

OFA marks Ontario Agriculture Week
(October 9, 2015 - Energy, National Food Strategy®, Food Literacy)

OFA: Three things we want to see in the provincial budget
(January 22, 2016 - Water, Land Use Policy & Farmland Preservation, Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Farm Property, Health Care, Farm Labour & Safety, Farm Finance, Taxation, Farm Income, Transportation, Open for Business , Local Food, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Food Literacy, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

OFA takes food and environment concerns to the Federal Government
(March 18, 2016 - Environmental, National Food Strategy®, Food Literacy)

Celebrating Ontario’s rich food basket
(June 3, 2016 - Local Food, Food Literacy)

Six by Sixteen launches social media Photo My Food contest
(May 25, 2016 - Food Literacy)

OFA’s new mission: Farms and Food Forever
(November 17, 2016 - Right to Farm, Local Food, Food Literacy)

Celebrate Canadian agriculture and food this month
(February 10, 2017 - National Food Strategy®, Local Food, Food Literacy)

OFA champions food literacy with new online resource
(March 17, 2016 - Food Safety, Health Care, Local Food, Food Literacy)

Feeding our diverse culture with locally grown
(September 29, 2017 - Local Food, Food Literacy)

National food policy consults underway
(June 2, 2017 - Food Safety, National Food Strategy®, Food Literacy)

Setting Canada’s table with a food policy
(June 23, 2017 - Food Safety, National Food Strategy®, Local Food, Food Literacy)

Making a Case for Growing New Crops
(October 4, 2017 - Food Literacy)


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