How is Toronto meeting its obligations under the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact?

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MUFPP 2017 Annual Gathering Cities call on UN agencies to recognize their role in shaping a sustainable food system

 

 

 

València, 20 October 2017. 400 mayors, experts and city delegates from the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) gathered in Valencia from 19 – 21 October 2017 to discuss sustainable food systems in the framework of the Third Annual Gathering of the Milan Urban Food…

Toronto Food Strategy: 2017 Update Report

Board Decision

The Board of Health:

1. Requested the Medical Officer of Health to report back to the Board of Health by the second quarter of 2018 on the Toronto Food Strategy Phase 2, focusing on the next iteration of the strategy, the report to:

a. Outline the progress on promoting a sustainable food system and how Toronto is meeting its obligations under the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and sharing good practices from other jurisdictions;

b. Outline existing and potential collaborative partners and initiatives across City of Toronto departments, community organizations and academic institutions;

c. Identify opportunities to inform and integrate with new and existing City policies, programs, as well as use the City’s purchasing power to further this sustainable food system agenda; and

d. Outline connections to TO Prosperity (Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy), Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020, TransformTO, Economic Development and the Toronto Resiliency Strategy.
Origin
(October 12, 2017) Report from the Medical Officer of Health
Summary

Ensuring a healthy, sustainable food system to promote food security, health and community resilience is a complex global problem, and one that requires innovative and strategic solutions. Municipalities such as Toronto – with robust economies, high levels of industrial innovation and diverse networks of academics, entrepreneurs, community practitioners and social enterprises – are well-placed to lead the way in developing healthy, sustainable, affordable and equitable food systems. Municipal governments have a duty to ensure that all residents have geographic, financial and physical access to culturally appropriate, safe and healthy food. In 2008, the City launched the Toronto Food Strategy, led by Toronto Public Health, to champion and support a healthier, more sustainable food system for all. In October 2017, the Chair of the Board of Health and the Medical Officer of Health had the honour of accepting the international Milan Urban Food Policy Pact Award for Toronto Food Strategy’s “Community Food Works for Newcomer Settlement” on behalf of the City of Toronto.

A healthy food system is one that promotes good health while addressing the interrelated threats of climate change, poverty, chronic disease and food insecurity. The Toronto Food Strategy works toward this vision by taking an “action” research approach to incubating and prototyping projects that have the potential to reach scalable impact. Toronto Public Health (TPH) staff work with a range of not-for-profit, private sector and government partners, and build upon the work of TPH and other City Divisions to find innovative ways for achieving multiple objectives through food. This report provides an update on the Toronto Food Strategy and situates the work in the context of global, regional and local food system initiatives. The attached documents (see Appendix 1: Toronto Food Strategy: Strategic Overview; and Appendix 2: Toronto Food Strategy 2017 Update Report) provide a more in-depth overview of current work and the Toronto Food Strategy’s collaborative approach to achieving healthy food system change.
Background Information
(October 12, 2017) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Toronto Food Strategy: 2017 Update Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-107950.pdf)
Appendix 1 – Toronto Food Strategy: Strategic Overview
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-107951.pdf)
Appendix 2 – Toronto Food Strategy 2017 Update Report
(http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-107952.pdf)
Motions
Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Carried)

That the Medical Officer of Health report back to the Board of Health by the second quarter of 2018 on the Toronto Food Strategy Phase 2, focusing on the next iteration of the strategy, the report to:

1. Outline the progress on promoting a sustainable food system and how Toronto is meeting its obligations under the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, and sharing good practices from other jurisdictions.

2. Outline existing and potential collaborative partners and initiatives across City of Toronto departments, community organizations and academic institutions.

3. Identify opportunities to inform and integrate with new and existing City policies, programs, as well as use the City’s purchasing power to further this sustainable food system agenda.

4. Outline connections to TO Prosperity (Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy), Toronto Strong Neighbourhood Strategy 2020, TransformTO, Economic Development and the Toronto Resiliency Strategy.

Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council

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