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Interest in Food Production Builds in Urban Public

17 September 2012
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CANADA - The Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre's visitor services manager says the urban public is becoming increasingly interested in food, what's involved in food production and food security, writes Bruce Cochrane.

This Sunday the Bruce D. Campbell Farm and Food Discovery Centre, located at the University of Manitoba's Glenlea Research Station, hosted its first birthday celebration. Guy Robbins, the centre's visitor services manager, explains interactive games and displays, including live animal displays, tell the story of food, where our food comes from and how it gets to our plates.

Guy Robbins-University of Manitoba

The message is about the importance of food both because we are what we eat in many ways, but also because our food and agricultural food production is a very important part of the Manitoba economy.

I think also people increasingly are concerned about where their food comes from.

There's a lot of publicity about the kinds of food they can buy and also climate change, that kind of thing.

The last thing is people are much more urbanized these days.

Sixty percent at least of the Manitoba population live in the cities and the towns so there isn't that kind of connection with food and agriculture and farming that there might have been in the past.

People don't really know farmers so it's important to connect them with the farmers who are producing their food so that they're comfortable with where their food is coming from and also they can find out about all the great food that's grown in and produced in Manitoba, where they can get it.

If they would like to get local produce, then it gives them lots of ideas.

It's also very important for them to know about food security and the things they should be doing in their own kitchens in order to prepare food in a way that won't make them ill.

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