A Food Policy Council is forming in Windsor-Essex, be part of the movement!
What is a food policy council?
A food policy council brings together representatives from all sectors of the food system – from “grow it to throw it”. It aims to connect diverse people with interests in food to discuss, collaborate, and develop innovative project and policies to address issues affecting the food system.
Why does Windsor-Essex need a food policy council?
Every community is unique – each having different strengths and facing its own unique set of challenges. Increasingly we are seeing changes that show us just how vulnerable our local food system is. No one organization or community group can make a difference alone. The Food Policy Council will allow all sectors and individual community members to communicate and work-together towards meaningful change.
What can a FPC work toward?
Traditionally there have been many advocates working in silos on individuals issues. A Food Policy Council will create a framework for coordinated and integrated action around issues that affect our local food system.
Some examples of what a Food Policy Council can do in Windsor-Essex are:
- Reduce barriers and improve access to local food
- Work with key partners to develop a food strategy for Windsor-Essex
- Provide expert advice to decision makers when food-system related decisions are made
Why get involved?
Simply put – if you live and eat in Windsor-Essex, you are a part of the food system. When a food system is strong, you will see less food related health issues, such as hunger and obesity, in the community. Food is a large economic driver in Windsor-Essex, but despite our history of producing fruits and vegetables, you don’t see enough of them on the plates of our residents.
A healthy food system needs input from all sectors - government, business, education, health care, community programs and from the people who live in the community.
Without all sectors at the table, we cannot solve these systemic problems as a unified voice.