October 16 marked World Food Day. Founded in 1945 it’s a day of action against hunger, aimed at bringing together resources, raising awareness and engaging people around the globe in the movement to eradicate hunger.
In its honour, The City of Vancouver joined over 40 cities across the world in signing an Urban Food Policy Pact to address food security and sustainable development.
This year, in recognition of World Food Day’s 70th anniversary and the key legacy of the World Expo in Milan; a pact was created by the City of Milan, in partnership with cities around the world, to encourage mayors and policymakers in the coordination of urban food policies and strategies across the globe. The Pact will commit cities to expand and foster sustainable food systems that are inclusive, ensure access to healthy and affordable food, and strengthen urban agriculture practices.
“Vancouver is pleased to join a global movement that supports food security, ensuring access to safe, nutritious, affordable food for all,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press release. “As a city we’re committed to supporting and promoting sustainable food systems through our Vancouver Food Strategy, as healthy food systems are central to the health and well-being of our communities.”
Since 2013, the City Council has continued to develop their food strategy initiative, as they strive to become a global leader in urban food systems by 2020. The City of Vancouver’s website details the many ways the City is committed to improve Vancouver’s food system, making the city more “equitable, sustainable, and economically healthy.“
Some of the direct outcomes of the Vancouver food strategy include increased accessibility and community participation, expansion of farmers’ markets, and urban agricultural projects such as beehives and backyard chickens.