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University of Calgary Agricultural Literacy Program Gets Boost | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

University of Calgary Agricultural Literacy Program Gets Boost | saskNOW | Saskatchewan

“To increase the understanding and importance of sustainable innovation within the agri-food system and how our communities are responding to it,” Seibel said. “Supporting agricultural excellence in the next generations of students in Canada and the U.S. aligns with BMO’s purpose to boldly grow the good in business and life, and demonstrates how we are making progress toward a sustainable future.”

The programme will provide a range of written and digital resources to inform the public about controversial issues in the food system, such as the use of GMOs, pesticides and food labels. The programme will also explore consumer knowledge and actively engage with citizens.

Guillaume Lhermie, director of the Simpson Centre, said the programme is designed to reach a wide range of audiences, including formal stakeholders such as researchers, industry and government, as well as informal audiences such as consumers and citizens.

“We are particularly focused on engaging young adults and teens who are active on social media and are eager to help shape the future of food systems,” he said.

The Simpson Centre is an academic policy institute that supports the Canadian agri-food and agriculture sector with the goal of conducting research to improve policy and decision-making to achieve a more sustainable agricultural sector.

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