Local farmers have highlighted the need for public education at both our Roundtable consultation events (December 2018 and Feb 2020). Now there is a possibility that some of the problems identified will be addressed in Bill 216, currently at a Standing Committee of the Ontario government. The general description of the proposed changes to the Education Act would:
"provide that curriculum guidelines shall require that courses of study be developed in experiential food literacy education and healthy eating for every grade from grade 1 through grade 12. The courses of study must ensure that students are given opportunities to grow food, prepare food and learn about local foods. Every board is required to provide instruction in the courses of study and to provide training and support for teachers and other staff of the board. Completion of the courses of study are a requirement for obtaining the Ontario secondary school diploma, the secondary school graduation diploma and the secondary school honour graduation diploma."
If you want to add your name to a petition in support of this Bill, go this link: https://www.change.org/p/mpp-darryl-kramp-bill-216-food-literacy-for-students-act-2020
To see a partial list of organizations supporting the Bill, visit this link: https://foodpolicykfla.ca/ .
The Working Group on the the Future of Food and Farming (Peterborough) plans to support the Bill.