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In the city, just and sustainable food systems

February 12, 2013

With increasing urban food insecurity and the earlier reported rise in city-based food safety nets I expect this kind of strategy will begin to appear for other cities. The Vancouver Food Strategy is a plan to create a just and sustainable food system for the city. It builds on years of food systems initiatives and grassroots community development, considering all aspects of the food system, from seed to table to compost heap and back again. The strategy has five broad goals to: support food-friendly neighbourhoods;  empower residents to take action; improve access to healthy, affordable, culturally diverse food for all residents; make food a centrepiece of Vancouver’s green economy; and advocate for a just and sustainable food system. Containing detailed descriptions of the Vancouver food system – including 47 community gardens, 17 urban farms, 18 community orchards, 20,000 people using neighbourhood food networks – this comprehensive document is well worth a browse

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