What is food literacy?
Food literacy means knowing where food comes from, what impacts your food choices have on the environment, knowing what grows locally and what is imported, what foods are in season, and what food is healthy. Food literacy includes knowing how fruits and vegetables are grown, how to cook from scratch using fresh ingredients, and how to preserve foods. Many children and adults in Canada are food illiterate to some degree.
Food literacy is an essential part of community food security. Knowing how to cook with real ingredients reduces your reliance on processed and packaged foods. Learning to garden is a great way to increase your knowledge about where food comes from. And food literate consumers help support the local food economy by buying and cooking local in-season products whenever possible.
You can read more about Food Literacy in Canada here: https://foodsecurecanada.org/resources-news/resources-research/study-food-literacy