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The iBEAN project is the brain child of the Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC) and the Ontario (White) Bean Producers Marketing Board. With financial support from Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc., Residence Dining at The University of Western Ontario has partnered on this project in the hopes of helping students recognize the many benefits (nutritional, economic and environmental) of consuming legumes (dried peas, beans and lentils). Also known to some as "pulses", this magical fruit has powers beyond belief.

Targeted primarily at first year Western students, iBEAN hopes to heighten your awareness of healthy eating through the use of beans in meal options and this iBEAN mico-site. Content pieces have been developed to provide the information needed to perhaps make a "bean believer" out of you!

Now a bit about our partners ...

The Bean Producers Marketing Board (OBPMB)
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The OBPMB is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of farmers in Ontario who grow white pea beans. The top four (4) priority areas of the board are research, communications, promotions and marketing. The OBPMB is but one of about 26 such boards and/or farm - crop organizations falling under the Farm Products Marketing Act which is administered by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission. Known for the development of countless educational materials, the board prides itself on building awareness and educating young and old consumers alike.

The Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC)
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Located on the University of Guelph campus in Guelph, Ontario, GFTC is an independent, not-for-profit food technology centre that provides creative, confidential technical solutions, training, consulting and auditing to the Canadian food value chain. Each year, GFTC works with over 500 companies and organizations, and trains more than 3,600 people.

GFTC offers a comprehensive range of services from product development, technical packaging and process development, to food safety and quality systems, sustainability services and technical training programs. GFTC staff, trainers, consultants and facilitators share an unparalleled passion for applying their knowledge and are motivated to strengthen the prosperity of the Canadian Food Industry.

Ontario Agi-Food Education Inc. (OAFE)
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The primary business of OAFE is to provide high quality, objective, and relevant agriculture and food-related learning materials and services for Ontario educators to enhance the learning experiences of students in Ontario classrooms.

Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc. (OAFE) is a registered charity incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. OAFE was created in 1991, with the mission of building awareness and understanding of the importance of an agriculture and food system. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs provides baseline funding in support of OAFE's programs and services.

Residence Dining
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Residence Dining is a distinct division of Hospitality Services along with Campus Eateries, Conference Services, Great Hall Catering, Vending Services, and Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre . While each area has its individual market sector, we are part of the same team, working toward common goals.

In our six residence operations, we are "home" to over 4,000 students who usually join us for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week throughout the academic year. We become part of their family and we strive to make each of their dining experiences a positive one.

With a keen focus on leaving a lighter footprint on our planet, we're working together with other departments, associations and clubs on campus, to improve environmental issues and concerns here at Western.


Link: Get the Fact - facts about beans
Link: Read about nutrition information
Link: The link between healty eating and agriculture
Link: Take the quiz
This website is brought to you by Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC), Ontario (White) Bean Producers Marketing Board, Ontario Agri-Food Education Inc., and  Residence Dining at The University of Western Ontario

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