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Advocate for a just and sustainable food system

Produce at farmers market

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.

Priority actions

  • 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

Current programs that are helping the City reach this goal

Vancouver Food Policy Council

Advises City Council and staff on improving food sustainability in Vancouver, including program and policy changes to improve the local food system.

Food strategy targets

By 2020, the City aims to increase the number of:

  • Community garden plots from 3,640 to 5,000
  • Urban farms from 17 to 35
  • Farmers markets from nine to 22
  • Community food markets from 4 to 15

What feeds us: Vancouver Food Strategy

Read the Vancouver Food Strategy, and learn how Vancouver is building a healthy, accessible, sustainable food system.

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