Its official – Simcoe County now has its own Food and Agriculture Charter
It took almost two years of community consultation, involving everyone from local politicians to farmers, restaurant owners, hospital administrators, health unit staff, and “grassroots” eaters.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit's Board of Health was one of the first organizations to endorse the Simcoe County Charter. Work is also underway on a Muskoka Charter, with a first round of community education sessions and consultations now complete.
A charter outlines what a community says is most important to them about the local food system and is one way communities can address the impact of food-related concerns, like:
- Disappearing farmland and farmers;
- Lack of affordable healthy food;
- Declining food skills;
- Dependence on international food sources; and
- Disconnect between food growers and consumers.
It can also be used to shape policies, programs and community activities that fit these priorities. Once a charter is in place, it could lead to:
- Local food on school, rec centre and other menus;
- Protected agriculture land;
- “Food hubs” to store, process and distribute local foods;
- Accessible and affordable food skills classes in the community;
- More and better jobs in farming and other local food sectors; and
- Growing demand for local food.
To learn more about the charter and how you can take action in your community, visit the Food Partners Alliance of Simcoe County
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