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Promoting safe and nutritious food selection, preparation and storage practices.

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"News in Brief" for July 03, 2014

From wild blueberries to lentils to back bacon, celebrate Canada’s whole food bounty year-round
The Post

Jennifer Sygo highlights Canadian foods including: wild blueberries, maple syrup, lentils, potatoes, and bacon.

Green carts get fresh produce to low-income neighbourhoods
CBC News

The green carts program launched in 2008 as part of a larger policy the former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration put in place to improve access to healthy food for low-income populations. Ester Fuchs is a professor of public affairs and political science at Columbia University, where she runs the urban policy program. The university was hired by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund to evaluate the green carts program, to make sure the $1.5 million US the Fund invested was paying off.

Nutritional values signalled with traffic light code
CBC News

Food labels as simple as a traffic light are on the menu at a Boston hospital that is serving as an inspiration for Canadians. To help staff and visitors make healthy food choices, all foods in the cafeteria at Massachusetts General Hospital come with a colour-coded food label.

If wine had nutrition labels: A glass is OK, but grapes are much healthier
The Globe

Wine has been known to contain antioxidants such as resveratrol. “We can get resveratrol and other antioxidants from lots of other fruits,” says Kate Comeau, spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada. “For example, a handful of grapes would be a better option, a healthier option, to find that antioxidant. I would not rely on alcoholic beverages to meet our nutrient needs."

Locally grown food app
The Londoner

An interdisciplinary group of researchers in London are developing a wide-ranging smartphone app aimed at helping users in Southwestern Ontario eat healthier and support the local food economy at the same time. With funding from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Smart APPetite includes Western University’s Human Environments Analysis Laboratory (HEAL), Brescia University College, Wilfred Laurier University, London Training Centre and the Old East Village BIA.

New social networking site hooks up consumers and farm food
CTV News

The new site Soil Mate is hoping to better connect consumers and their local food producers. People who want to know where their food and drink are coming from can now connect with farmers, farmers markets and wineries using the new farm-to-table social networking site. In turn, farmers and producers can market themselves and interact with their community. The site is free.