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2nd Annual Local Food Summit Launches Food Strategy

April 23, 2013 – The City of Thunder Bay, along with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit and various members of the food community associated with the Thunder Bay Food Action Network (FAN) presented the 2nd Annual Local Food Summit today at the Regional Food Distribution Association today.

The summit brings together community leaders in all aspects of the food system – production, processing and distribution, retail and consumers – to launch the creation of working groups that will build the 'pillars' of a Food Strategy over the next year. The 50+ participants were tasked with deciding next steps towards realizing a sustainable food system that will reap economic and environmental benefits for the region while bringing communities together around healthy food. 

“The overarching goals for the Food Strategy, which follow from the Thunder Bay Food Charter adopted by City Council in 2008, are to ensure access to healthy food for all, understand food as a human right, and, through strategic planning, create food-friendly neighbourhoods across Thunder Bay and area,” said Councillor Rebecca Johnson, Co-Chair of the Food Strategy.

The pillars represent the broad range of topics that make up a comprehensive Local Food Strategy:

1. Healthy school food environment
2. Urban agriculture
3. Farm-scale production
4. Food infrastructure
5. Public sector procurement of local foods
6. Forest and freshwater foods

The day-long workshop, facilitated by Chartered Mediator Esther van Gennip, will set an agenda for completing the Food Strategy ready to implement through the just-formed Steering Committee, currently advertised Food Strategy Coordinator position and the topic-expert working groups attending the 2nd annual Food Summit.

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              Kari Chiappetta, Kari Chiappetta Consulting, 621-6225