Advocate for a just and sustainable food system
The food system has many levels — household, neighbourhood, city, region, and beyond.
The City can advocate for food issues at the regional, provincial, and national levels by placing a food system lens on plans and policies at all levels of government, and with other key partners such as foundations and private institutions.
Supporting policies that enhance the ability of regional and provincial government to protect BC farmers and farmland, and adapt to climate change is also important to achieving food sustainability.
- Create policy to enable urban farming as a defined use on zoned lands
- Create healthy soil guidelines for urban farms informed by environmental best practices
- Measure the percentage of local and sustainable food procured by the City, and make recommendations for an appropriate local and sustainable food target
- Find ways to increase the percentage of local and sustainable food purchased by City and school facilities, and Park Board facilities including community centres and concessions in parks and beaches