This project outlines a strategy designed to identify priorities that align with the Royal Ontario Agricultural Winter Fair (ROAWF), and sets forth an agenda with research-based projects which youth will lead and take action on in their own communities. This research will support further ROAWF initiatives in the broad areas or ‘pilars’ of: agriculture, food security, and healthy living, and will promote related research agendas in Canada on these topics.
In today’s society, agriculture is having an increasingly important affect on the health and wellbeing of people, worldwide. In Canada alone, concern about escalating rates of obesity and its related consequences has raised the profile of what we consume into one of the main priorities of government. Canadians are witnessing an increasingly alarming rate of obesity, even in the young. As a result, the importance of the production and marketing of food and the role it can play in helping to resolve this crisis cannot be downplayed. We propose linking the local experiences provided through the ROAWF with the networking power of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to specifically engage youth and young adults in a new form of dialogue about food, the environment, health and social issues. In this way, it will be possible to create unprecedented learning and leadership opportunities for young people to make positive changes in their world from the local to the global level.
Royal Ontario Agricultural Winter Fair
University of Toronto, School of Public Health Sciences
Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network
Charlotte Lombardo, Coordinator
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Toronto