Healthy Food Continuum = Healthy Economy = Healthy Employment!

When you mention the Food Chain to most people they don’t even consider manufacturing as part of the equation, but a part it is – and a very large part at that.

In my last blog, I alluded to the fact that employment shifts across the entire food continuum could impact employment in such areas as agriculture, food processing and transportation to name just a few. In order to open up the discussion to a broader audience, the Workforce Planning Board is hosting the “Growing the Food Continuum” conference to look at how innovation and changing markets may impact employment. This one-day conference will be held in Guelph on May 12th, with a local food reception being held the previous evening.

It is anticipated that those with an interest in food processing, agriculture, transportation, economic development, education and training, policy makers, planners, academics and others will be drawn from across SW Ontario to attend. Delegates will hear about innovation in produce development e.g. for the manufacturing and energy sectors, and how the shifting tastes of Ontarians has created new markets and employment opportunities from a variety of perspectives including processing, retail and end users such as restaurants/farmers markets/large institutions etc.

For more information or to register for this event, please click on this link.http://www.workforceplanningboard.com/Food_Cotinuum_2011/Growing_the_Food_Continuum_2011.html

If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me atcarol@workforceplanningboard.com and for regular updates follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

 

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