Monthly Archives: February 2012

To Show or Not to Show (nutritional information that is…)

As reported by cbcnews yesterday, Ottawa-based advocacy group the Centre for Science in the Public Interest is pushing for the disclosure of more information about the foods we eat in restaurants.  This is not the first time this issue has reared its head (for example, in 2009 anOntario private member’s bill required fast-food restaurants to provide nutrition labels on menus) and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Continue reading

The Future of Canada’s Food Industry

As I mentioned in my last post, earlier this week I attended the Canadian Food Summit.  It was a great and very well-attended event that brought together members of the Canadian food industry to create a shared vision for the future of food in Canada.  The Summit was put on by the Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada (CFIC), a forum where leaders have come together to shape a major new Canadian Food Strategy.

The event, and particularly one speaker, and even more particularly that one speaker’s dropping of the F(armer’s market)-Bomb got a lot of media attention – even yours truly got some action (you can check out the Toronto Star article that quoted my tweet here, and my interview on CBC Radio One’s Ontario Today here). Continue reading

Food Bite: heading to the Canadian Food Summit

This morning I’m on my way to spend two days talking food with those in the know and I couldn’t be more excited!  I’m looking forward to learning more about food in Canada and meeting people who are as excited about the manufacturing and sale of food as I am.  I’ll definitely post a blog (or two or three!) about the things I learn and will be tweeting throughout the conference @thefoodlawyer.

 

Sugar: The New Tobacco?

In an effort to combat increasing obesity rates, governments are ranking sugar alongside tobacco and alcohol as a health danger, and levying additional taxes on sugar sweetened drinks and foods.

An article published yesterday in the journal Nature has brought the issue to the forefront again.   In the article, a team from the University ofCalifornia claim that new policies, including taxes, are needed to control increasing consumption of sugar. Continue reading