St. Mary's Hospital Case Study
In Canada, we import $4 billion more in food than we export. Research undertaken by the Region of Waterloo Public Health Department in 2005 revealed that a significant quantity and variety of food items, all of which are possible to grow in south-western Ontario, are actually imported and have traveled an average of about 4,500 kilometers from where they were grown or raised.
As a means to develop better local food procurement, The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care has received funding from the Trillium foundation to investigate the feasibility of incorporating local food into patient and cafeteria meals of Ontario hospitals. As partnership director for the Coalition, My Sustainable Canada surveyed 33 hospitals across the province, and is collaborating with St. Mary’s Hospital to gather detailed information for a case study. This is a significant project for the local food movement, considering the economic impact of buying local combined with purchasing power of large institutions such as hospitals.
Learn more by viewing a presentation by My Sustainable Canada's Brendan Wylie-Toal on YouTube.
Local Food for Health Care - Ontario Wide Study
The Coalition of Green Health Care, in partnership with My Sustainable Canada and researchers at the University of Guelph and Wilfrid Laurier University, received funding for a three year project on local food for health care from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. The project will survey hospitals in Ontario and will involve developing a policy report on the use of local foods in Ontario hospitals.