Peterborough letter: Table is being set for food literacy at school


On March 8, Training Minister Stephen Lecce announced a new science and engineering curriculum for Grades 1-8. A new destreamed Quality 9 science training course is being planned. This means a new concentration on STEM education and learning, and meals, nourishment, and agriculture. Monthly bill 216, A Foodstuff Literacy for Students Act, would make sure all Ontario college students from Grades 1-12 have chances to improve and put together meals, and learn about community food items. Advocates hope the bill will move in April.

Peterborough Community Well being (PPH) is pretty happy to see these additions. Food literacy is realizing about foods and nutrition, obtaining abilities and self esteem to invest in, put together, and retail outlet food items, and creating healthier food items choices most of the time. Our food stuff ecosystem, residing scenario, culture and traditions also enjoy a aspect. Much better foodstuff literacy can imply improved well being for ourselves and our people.

PPH invites our community to go to Let us Discuss Food Literacy at foodliteracyptbo.ca. A diet and cooking series, with movies, recipes and links, explores foodstuff issues and makes connections in our community. Created by Peterborough Food items Motion Community, the interactive website foodinpeterborough.ca explores Peterborough’s Foodstuff Charter and how our local community can function jointly towards a healthier, sustainable, just, community foodstuff procedure.

A the latest report by the Canadian Centre for Foodstuff Integrity identified that 91% of Canadians know pretty small about food items generation. This is no shock. Until eventually now, instructing and mastering about agriculture has been optional. Most students are not aware of exactly where their meals comes from. They do not understand foods techniques, both at faculty or at home, like how to grow or get ready meals. With homes stretched for time, families turn to more extremely-processed food items, which are inclined to be significant in body fat, salt and sugar. This is worrisome, as eating behaviors are linked to higher possibility for long-term disease. Meals literacy in curriculum can aid students learn about their food method, and how their decisions influence them and their earth.

Let’s work together to develop food stuff literacy, in our faculties, homes, and communities. Check out the sites. Discover something new about the meals process. Try a new recipe with your family members. Share with your MPP why meals literacy and Bill 216 is crucial to you. Consider the effects greater foodstuff literacy can have on our community’s health and fitness, environment, and foods procedure!

Luisa Magalhaes, registered dietitian, Peterborough Community Health





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