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Current FPRI Projects

Exploring Nutrition Information When Eating Out in Toronto

Start Date: October 2011
Collaborators: Toronto Public Health

Main Research Questions
  • How does nutrition information influence people’s food decisions when eating out?
  • Are Toronto food establishments interested in providing nutrition information with their customers, and how ready are they to do so?

FACE: Food Advertising to Children: Ethics for Policy

Start Date: October 2011
Collaborators: Brian Cook, Toronto Food Strategy (co-Principal Investigator)
Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2013

Main Research Questions
  • What ethical principles drive policy debates about food and beverage advertising targeted to children in Canada?
  • How can diverse forms of moral reasoning about this issue be reconciled through deliberative policy practices?

Identifying Policy Interventions to Address Household Food Insecurity

Start Date: December 2011
Collaborators: Valerie Tarasuk, University of Toronto and co-investigators at the University of Calgary, University of Illinois (Urbana), and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2016

Main Research Question
  • Subgrant (Mah and McIntyre): How is household food insecurity defined and socially constructed as a policy problem in Canada?

Japan-Canada Food Systems Resilience Symposium

Start Date: October 2011
Collaborators: Haruyo Kudo, Kyoto University (co-Principal Investigator), Yoko Niiyama, Kyoto University (co-Principal Investigator), and co-investigators at the University of Toronto and Toronto Public Health
Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011-2012; Japan Foundation, 2012-2013; Kyoto University Foundation, 2012-2013

Main Research Question
  • How can local governments best enable citizens to take informed action towards collective good health in the presence of environmental health threats and food system change?

Mobile Good Food Market Pilot Project

Start Date: January 2012
Collaborators: FoodShare Toronto, Toronto Food Strategy (Toronto Public Health), and United Way Toronto
Funding Source: Ontario Centres of Excellence, 2012-2013

Main Research Question
  • How do novel distribution mechanisms and enabling policy supports shape access to fresh produce in underserved urban communities?

Public Health’s Role in Local Food Policy and Governance

Start Date: September 2011
Collaborators: Toronto Public Health

Main Research Questions
  • What are the key policy ideas that influence the creation of urban food strategies?
  • How do public health actors create legitimacy for food policy work?

Tasting School Food: A Comparative Ethnography of How and Why Children Eat the Way they Do

Start Date: February 2012
Collaborators: Diane Bisson, University of Montréal (co-Principal Investigator) and co-investigators at the University of Toronto and Toronto Public Health
Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2012-2013

Main Research Question
  • How do school lunch environments shape childhood taste experiences?