Spotlight is an interdisciplinary investigation into timely, topical issues relevant to our food systems. Comprised of workshops, short papers and other media, experts developed recommendations to help decision makers find next steps to these complicated topics.
The first three Spotlights are now available.
Food and Nutrition Programs in Canadian Schools
School food programs offer a promising avenue to boost children’s nutrition and healthy eating, support local food, and increase food literacy. ‘Spotlight on… School Nutrition’ provides a comprehensive overview of the current status of school food programs in Canada, as well as an evidence-based overview of the opportunities and challenges of implementing such a program.
Community Food Security
Food insecurity is a major problem for households across Canada, especially in the North, and is impacted by factors such as income distribution, urban design and public transit, and access to social networks. ‘Spotlight on… Food Security’ proposes a multi-disciplinary approach that focuses on community-level solutions adapted for the unique cultural, geographic and demographic context of that community.
Consumers and Food: Considerations for Healthy Eating Guidance in Canada
Canadians use and trust a variety of resources to learn more about food and health, although many have trouble making healthy choices due to limited knowledge about nutrition, limited accessibility and affordability of nutritious food, and social and cultural factors. ‘Spotlight on… Consumer Behaviour’ offers an overview of the barriers consumers face in making healthy food choices and provides evidence-based recommendations and insights.
Food Fraud In Canada
Food fraud is a large and growing problem in Canada - it impacts public confidence in our food system as well as consumer health, fair and competitive food prices, and trust in Canadian food exports. ‘Spotlight on… Food Fraud’ offers a perspective on how emerging scientific methods that help us detect fraudulent foods could complement action from government, industry and consumers to develop a risk-based approach that will effectively deter, identify and prosecute fraud in our food system.
Tackling Food and Food-Related Waste in Canada
Estimates suggest that up to 58% of the food we produce in Canada is wasted each year; this waste occurs across the supply chain from farm to consumer and is costly and bad for the environment. ‘Spotlight on… Food Waste’ offers insights into the causes wasted food and provides recommendations for consumers, educators, marketers, and industry on how we can reduce wasted food and other food-related waste.
Exploring the Trust Gap: Food Safety
Food-related illness and outbreaks still occur regularly in Canada despite the high quality of our food systems. What can we do to improve food safety for Canadian consumers on the farm, in food processing, and in retail and foodservice environments, and why do our robust food safety systems sometimes fail? ‘Spotlight on… Food Safety’ explores these questions from an evidence-based perspective and provides recommendations for industry, government and media to improve food safety.
The Spotlight projects have been developed with the Research Innovation Office at the University of Guelph.