Brock research institute releases report on local food in Niagara

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Brock research institute releases report on local food in Niagara

Published on March 15 2010

Brock University’s Niagara Community Observatory (NCO) is set to launch its latest policy brief, which looks at issues affecting local food availability in Niagara.

Findings from the eight-page brief, “Niagara Food: It’s Nutritious, Delicious, and Available But We’re Not Buying It… Why Not?”, highlight some of the initiatives towards promotion of local food distribution and availability, while also outlining environmental and economic factors.

“This brief gives residents ways of being consciously aware of these factors, and ways to access local food,” noted David Siegel, NCO Director. For example, the Niagara Culinary Trail group suggests not only that eating local allows for interactions between farmers and consumers, but that if Niagara’s 435,000 residents spent just $10 of their grocery budget on local food each week, there would be a $226-million influx into the local economy each year.

The brief is available on the Observatory’s website:

On Thursday, March 18, the NCO will host a community forum and panel discussion to mark the launch of the brief.
The panel includes:

  • David Alexander, Councillor, City of Welland
  • Lynn Ogryzlo, Food Writer, Author and Culinary Activist
  • Terri Donia, Project Manager, Region of Niagara Integrated Community Planning

The event takes take place at The Keefer Mansion, 14 St. David’s Road West, Thorold. A light continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation of the brief and panel discussion runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required by contacting 905-688-5550 x3481, or

The focus of the NCO is Niagara-specific research and its findings are intended to be a catalyst for discussion and action on the challenges and opportunities facing the region. The group conducts comprehensive in-depth academic research and community-oriented analyses on a wide range of local cultural, economic, environmental and social issues.

David Siegel

David Siegel, director of the Niagara Community Observatory