Vancouver Food Policy Council (VFPC) comprises individuals from all sectors of the local Food system, including nutritionists, Food wholesalers and distributors, Food retailers and grocers, managers of non-profit organisations and academics engaged in the Food system. Please read the strategy here:
http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/socialplanning/initiatives/foodpolicy/pdf/FoodStrategy.pdf. VFPC aims to build a Food system that is ecologically sustainable, economically viable and socially just, through collaboration between citizens and government officials.
There is now a wealth of resources assessing and explaining the Vancouver Food system. They have contributed to the strategic development of policies and programs to achieve change.
- City of Vancouver By-laws, Policies
- Guidelines and Decisions Related to the Food System
- The Vancouver Food System Assessment Report
- City of Vancouver’s Urban Agriculture Design Guidelines for the Private Realm.
Examples of successes and current activities include:
- Adoption of the Vancouver Food Charter in 2007
- Supporting the development of community gardens and bee-keeping within Vancouver, including a site at the City Hall and a commitment to 2010 growing spaces by 2010
- Amendment to by-laws enabling people to keep chickens within urban areas
- Street vendor program that supports nutritious and culturally diverse curbside food provision.
Thank you to Food Sensitive Planning Manual for providing the summary: