TORONTO, Ont.–The Conference Board’s Centre for Food in Canada is launching the new Canadian Food Strategy at its 3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014: From Strategy to Action, being held on March 18 and 19, 2014 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
The Centre for Food in Canada said its national strategy for food aims to “connect the parts and the players in the food system that can guide and stimulate efforts to change it,” and is “driven by the urgency to safeguard and sustain the health and profitability of the producers, manufacturers, shippers, traders, distributors and retailers in Canada’s food system.”
The 3rd Canadian Food Summit 2014 will feature international best practices in food strategy implementation from Scotland, Australia, the UK, and other leading countries in the midst of implementing their own national strategies. It will also feature delegate engagement sessions for stakeholders to explore how they can collaborate on implementing the Canadian Food Strategy, and help define a future Conference Board indicators report that will measure and track the food sector’s annual progress on achieving goals and desired outcomes set out in the strategy, said the Conference Board.
The Summit will focus on these key themes:
Industry Prosperity – Increasing the output and profitability of Canada’s food industry to contribute to national economic growth and our global competitiveness.
Healthy Food – Improving the health of food products and the diets of Canadians as obesity and chronic diseases become an increasing concern.
Food Safety – Ensuring that food safety is maintained throughout the supply chain as globalization grows.
Household Food Security – Improving food security to ensure that all Canadians have access to safe, affordable and nutritious food.
Environmental Sustainability – Sustaining the environment while increasing agricultural output as countries seek to feed their rapidly growing populations.