Update: Corner Brook grocery store and university educating shoppers on food

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Food for Thought

Chances are food had already entered the thoughts of those visiting Colemans at the Gardens Saturday.

However, there was a large group of people in the grocery store trying to direct the thoughts of those shoppers toward healthy and local options.

Colemans in partnership with Grenfell Campus, Memorial University held “Food for Thought” — an event focused on sustainable food, local food and the university-community connection. Representatives of the Environmental Policy Institute, the university’s library, the Grenfell Art Gallery, and Grenfell’s Environmental Affairs’ Farmer’s Feast set up booths that contained healthy and local food samples, information, and demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

The grocery store also had its own staff cooking up some local delicacies and promoting the healthy eating theme — led by Colemans dietitian Renee Martin.

Martin was pushing the importance of omega-3 fat rich food — such as the fish cakes being passed out — for people of all ages. Martin said fish cakes have several benefits such as the possibility of helping lower the risk of heart disease, but also research is being done to determine if they play a role in lowering the risk of cancer, dementia, Alzheimers disease and depression.

Food from scratch

The dietitian wanted people to know how shoppers can use local foods and recipes on how to make food from scratch. She also stressed the fun and benefits behind bringing the whole family into meal preparation.

“It definitely has its challenges, but it has its rewards,” Martin said. “We are seeing an upcoming trend that people want to engage ways they can bring healthy aspects into their life. Certainly healthy eating is a main part of that.”

Louise McGillis, associate university librarian, said the event was held in conjunction with a week of exploring connections within the community and the university. With local food issues and sustainability so important in Newfoundland and Labrador, she said the event was determined a good focus area.

For the environmental policy unit, Kelly Vodden, said it is common for students in the masters of environmental policy to research important and relevant local issues such as food availability and sustainability.

“Students are interested in food issues and fisheries issues,” she said, highlighting a number of projects and papers being done by students.

“I think it is a growing area of research and we all recognize the importance of food and the vulnerability we have here on the island with a limited food supply.”

Vodden said there seems to be an increasing awareness and interest of local and healthy food options, but that is challenged by an agriculture industry that is aging and decreasing in numbers.

“A lot of the farmers are retiring, and their kids are not getting into farming,” she said. “We have this tension between increasing interest and demand for local food and a decline in producers. It’s a real challenge there around viable farming on the island.”

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(Earleir version)

Chances are food had already entered the thoughts of those visiting Colemans at the Gardens Saturday.

However, there was a large group of people in the grocery store trying to direct the thoughts of those shoppers toward healthy and local options.

Colemans in partnership with Grenfell Campus, Memorial University held “Food for Thought” — an event focused on sustainable food, local food and the university-community connection. Representatives of the Environmental Policy Institute, the university’s library, the Grenfell Art Gallery, and Grenfell’s Environmental Affairs’ Farmer’s Feast held booths with healthy and local food samples, information, and demonstrations throughout the afternoon.

Colemans also had its own staff cooking up some local delicacies and promoting the healthy eating theme — led by its dietitian Renee Martin.

Organizations: Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Art Gallery

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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