South-West BC Food System Design and Planning Project

Slides from Kent Mullinix’s Presentation at March Meeting It was another great turnout for our March meeting as Kent Mullinix and some of his team from Kwantlen University were with us for the second half of the meeting to talk about the South-West BC Food System Design and Planning Project that they are working on. Kent gave an inspiring overview of the project and then there was some questions and comments followed by some lively discussion in small groups.

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VFPC March Meeting

Meatless Mondays

By Lihwen Hsu, VFPC Working Group 

After the presentation and co-facilitation of a discussion on sustainable diets by Eleanor Boyle, author of “High Steaks: Why and How to Eat Less Meat”, at the Vancouver Food Policy Council’s February meeting, an idea was discussed to get City Council to create a proclamation for a ‘Meatless Monday’ on May 6th!

To grasp an understanding of what Meatless Monday is, it starts with what is on our plate. The food that we eat comes from the earth and what we have on that plate varies. Where we get our food, how we get our food, what we get, and why we get it, are questions that are often not asked in our daily routine.

Meatless Monday is an event that gives us pause to think about it. It is about healthy sustainable eating for ourselves and for the environment. By making a Monday, meat-free, it causes people to become more aware of the environmental impact their food choices make.  Livestock uses 30% of the earth’s entire land surface, responsible for a large portion of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions (FAO, 2006) that contribute to climate change. By reducing the meat intake in our diet, it can also decrease the risk for health risks such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

We can eat less meat. We can buy meat raised sustainably and compassionately, and we can encourage a better food policy to support this. We are not only doing it for our environment, but also for our communities and ourselves.  The City of Vancouver has the opportunity to become the first Canadian city to adopt this, give your support and tell your friends about it!

Learn more at http://meatlessmonday.ca

Also, check out this short film directed by Ali Rashti and Russell Bennett, called “Meathead”:

Meathead is a film noir set in a future world where eating meat is illegal. This film is a tribute to the “Meatless Mondays” campaign to raise climate change awareness.

March Meeting: Towards a More Bioregional Food System

We are excited that Kent Mullinix and some of his team from Kwantlen University are going to be with us for the second half of the meeting to talk about the South-West BC Food System Design and Planning Project that they are working on. The aim of their research is to develop, for each region:

  • A bio-regional Food System Design (including production, wild and traditional food provisioning, processing, distribution, access, and waste management) that supports agriculture and food provisioning, strengthens the economy, promotes environmental stewardship, fosters food security and public health, maximizes food self-reliance, and strengthens communities; and,
  • An Implementation Plan consisting of critical information and targeted tools to be used by existing and future farmers and food-sector entrepreneurs, consumers, and community, Government, and First Nations leaders to actualize the Bio-Regional Food System design.

It is a very ambitious project that we think has many important connections to our work in Vancouver and across the region.
Wednesday, March 20th
6:00-8:30pm
Vancouver City Hall, Town Hall Room
453 West 12th Ave. Map

Meeting Agenda >>

Please note that after hours, you must enter City hall via the 11th Avenue entrance.

See you there!

Right to Food in Canada

For those of you who were not able to join us at City Hall on Monday morning for the Right to Food in Canada event, a recording of the first hour of the national event with Olivier De Schutter is now online here (skip to 37 minutes for the start).

Despite our federal government’s response to the report from the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, it was great to participate in a national webinar along with 49 other communities like ours gathered across Canada, followed by a great discussion with a packed house in the Town Hall Room at City Hall in Vancouver.

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CBC News reported on how the federal government is dismissing the report: