Kristi Peters, Food Systems Planner with the City of Calgary, examines food insecurity in Calgary, and local action on building a stronger, more equitable food system.
A sustainable and resilient food system is only possible with the infrastructure – the land, people, and built environment – to make it happen. The role of the City of Calgary in the food system is fundamental as an enabler and supporter, and so action implementation is most practical in areas that fall under its direct influence. Implementation is achieved through policy, pilot projects and program development.
Here are the top five things for you to know about what the City of Calgary is doing to build a more sustainable and resilient food system.
The City of Calgary has a Food Action Plan
The CalgaryEATS! Food Action Plan was endorsed by City Council in 2012 and is a shared plan between the City of Calgary and community partners with both City-led actions and community-led actions. City-led actions contribute toward the Food Action Plan vision of providing all Calgarians with access to local, healthy and a secure supply of food, while ensuring the food system is environmentally sustainable and supporting economic development. There are 17 City-led actions that fall under the following categories:
- Regulation, Legislation and Advocacy
- Land Use Planning
- Logistics and Transportation
- Economic Development
- Community Programs
- Education Programs