The purpose of the Growing Up Organic (GUO) project is to build upon existing efforts to shift Canada towards increased organic production by exploring ways to increase the amount of organically grown food served in Canadian institutions, beginning with childcare centres.
The primary motivation for starting with childcare centres relates to the fact that compared to other types of institutions, the demand for food is relatively small. Since lack of organic supply, particularly in some communities, is a key issue in Canada, we wanted to give ourselves time to gradually build the supply and distribution infrastructure required to serve larger institutions. Secondly, we wanted to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society, young children, have access to organic food.
Over the course of the next three years, Canadian Organic Growers (COG) will be initiating pilot-projects in various communities across the country to learn more about how best to get food from the farmers who grow it into the institutions that eat it. At the end of these three years, COG will compile and analyze the data from the pilot-projects and publish a set of recommendations in a report that will be available for download from this site.