Canadian consumers offered praise for the food system’s response to the pandemic, but what lies ahead?

Opinion: The privilege of many problems

Availability, authenticity and accountability are the hallmarks of a trusted food supply

Reading Time: 3 minutes “A person with empty stomach has one problem, but a person with full stomach has many.” Most Canadians are not used to worrying about access to food. Despite a few short-term impacts resulting from adjustments in the supply chains, even COVID-19 left the shelves stocked. According to recently released research by the Canadian Centre for […] Read more

Food system support soars

Response to COVID-19 food challenges built greater confidence among consumers

Reading Time: 4 minutes A new report says Canadians have more confidence than ever in the food system, but concerns remain over rising costs. In its 2020 Public Trust Research Report, Trends in Trust and the Path Forward, the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity reported that 47 per cent of those surveyed said they were confident in the overall […] Read more

Public relations groups create network on farm, food issues

Reading Time: < 1 minute Public relations and communications professionals from coast-to-coast have banded together to form Farmwork to Feed Canada (FTFC), a volunteer, not-for- profit initiative to support the farm and agri-food sectors amid the COVID-19 pandemic. FTFC is creating a network for the exchange of information on important food issues, from farm labour to food security with the […] Read more

This image of a family walking in a field is from a new campaign from the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.

Campaign aims to share food system stories

The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity hopes the campaign will help build public trust

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI) is stepping into a new role with the launch of a media campaign that tells the story of Canada’s food system. The CCFI is funded by players throughout the food system from producers to retailers. It has, since its founding in 2016, focused on researching consumer attitudes toward […] Read more

Two national campaigns launched for food supply chains

It's good, one campaign says, but could the sector have done better, another asks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa — The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity is launching a new campaign to inform consumers on how the food system works. “It’s Good, Canada” will share personal stories of Canadians working across the food supply chain and provide information about farming, transportation, processing, retail and production on its website. “It’s natural for Canadians to […] Read more

John Jamieson is the new president of the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity.

New CCFI president experienced in government and farm organizations

John Jamieson has been involved in agriculture in Prince Edward Island

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Centre for Food Integrity has announced the hiring of John Jamieson as its new president and chief executive officer. Jamieson has more than 25 years of senior leadership within Canada’s agri-food sector. Jamieson succeeds outgoing President Crystal Mackay, who served as the organization’s inaugural president. “We are delighted to have a respected leader […] Read more

A recent study found that key conversations Canadians were having online in relations to food involved cannabis, climate change, genetically modified foods, and organics.

Social conversation tool shows importance of timely discussions

The tool identified times that the agriculture sector should be more engaged in online conversations

Reading Time: 2 minutes A new study provides further understanding into the tides of public opinion around Canadian food, how it’s grown, and the relationship consumers want with farmers and those that process their food. Public opinion: a study of Canadian conversations online on food and farming led by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity (CCFI), uncovered how food, […] Read more

Dan Gardner, consultant and New York Times best-selling author of Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear and co-lead of The Risk Communications practice at TacTix.

How our brains analyze risk may help to open conversation to consumers

Language and method of delivery matter in the ability to overcome emotional responses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dan Gardner, a New York Times best-selling author, explained at a recent food integrity forum that knowing how the human brain works when analyzing risk can be used to open conversations between producers and consumers. He told those attending the 2019 Canadian Centre for Food Integrity Food System Forum Series, that the consumer is becoming […] Read more

Timothy Caulfield, professor, dedicates his time to debunking the myths in the pop culture versus science debate.

Who should be trusted when it comes to the science of food safety?

The eating habits of consumers are changing and pop culture may be a big reason

Reading Time: 3 minutes Consumers are changing their eating habits, sometimes sparked by health restrictions and ethical reasoning, but misinformation is presenting farmers with their biggest struggle, said a University of Alberta professor. Dr. Timothy Caulfield told the crowd at the recent Canadian Centre for Food Integrity Food System Forum Series, that there is a breakdown in trust happening […] Read more

Why won’t consumers listen?

Farmers have been trying to engage consumers for years — yet the work has had little impact

Reading Time: 6 minutes It happens at farm meetings across Canada. Speakers use words like “engagement” and then talk about how farmers can use Twitter and Facebook to influence people. This has been happening for years at agricultural conferences across Canada. Because of all those presentations, thousands of producers now use social media to connect with consumers and explain […] Read more