The following web-based resources have been and are used regularly at Credible Edibles to ensure our newsletters, menus, recipes and tips are the most current and most reliable. We encourage you to do your own research and find out all you can about how the way we eat affects our health and the health of our planet! Just click on the organisation’s name in red and you will be taken to their website. Happy surfing!
Just Food is an Ottawa-based, grassroots, non-profit organization that includes staff, volunteers, community partners, members and funders. Their mission is to encourage food security in Ottawa. On their site you will find lots of great information and resources related to the local food scene.
The website of the Ottawa convivium (group) of the international Slow Food Movement. If you are interested in food that is good + clean + fair and you share an enthusiasm for all things locally grown and made, this is the site for you. You will find a calendar of local food events, tips and recipes and an excellent links page to take you further in your discovery of our local food heritage. Credible Edibles is a proud member of the Ottawa Convivium.
OttawaFarmersMarket. Although Ottawa has the largest agricultural economy of any major city in Canada, Ottawa area farmers are decreasing in number as local farm land is purchased and developed. By buying directly from the farmer, the farmer gets a better price and you get higher quality food than is found in the supermarket. The Ottawa Farmers’ Market is a two-year pilot project in its second year designed to make local food more accessible.
The Ottawa Buy Local guide will provide you with excellent information about local producers in the immediate Ottawa area. It contains an interactive map that provides all the information you need to find and visit local producers.
Other sites to support conscious eating
100 Mile Diet. When the average North American sits down to eat, each ingredient has typically travelled at least 1,500 miles—call it “the SUV diet.” On the first day of spring, 2005, Alisa Smith and James MacKinnon chose to confront this unsettling statistic with a simple experiment. For one year, they would buy or gather their food and drink from within 100 miles of their apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. This website contains huge amounts of excellent information about the impact of eating on the environment and international slow food movement.
The American Institute for Cancer Research is the cancer charity that fosters research on diet and cancer prevention and educates the public about the results. This website presents all the most current research on cancer prevention through better eating habits in an easy to understand and easy to use format. We highly recommend this website to all those interested in reducing their cancer risk factors.
The website of Winnipeg-based Robert Zyluk and his Produce Passports. Credible Edibles sells the passports in the Ottawa area.
5 to 10 a Day. This web site is presented by the Produce Marketing Association of Canada and offers a wealth of tips and resources for increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption.
Food Routes. This is an excellent American web site with loads of information about the environmental impact of our current food distribution system. It encourages us all to eat as much locally grown and produced foods as possible.
Freggietales.com. This is a great website for parents who want to encourage their kids to eat their veggies. It is a kid-friendly web site but also has resources for parents and educators.