June 12 Meeting: Transitioning Away from a Charitable Food System

We are excited to announce that we are going to be having Anna Cavouras, the Right to Food Programmer from the Downtown Eastside Neighbourhood House (http://dtesnhouse.ca/food-philosophy) and Doris Chow, Project Manager for the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Kitchen Tables Project (http://dteskitchentables.org) with us at our June meeting to explore our theme, “Transitioning Away from a Charitable Food System: Grounding the Right to Food in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside”. Click here for a link to the agenda.

As per usual we will be meeting from 6-8:30pm in the Town Hall Room at City Hall. As it is after hours please enter the building through the south entrance off of 12th Avenue. Please forward the meeting information to those who you think would be interested in coming . We hope to see you there!

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City of Vancouver to Proclaim Meatless Monday June 10th

The Vancouver Food Policy Council is excited to let you know that the City of Vancouver will be proclaiming Monday June 10th, 2013 as Meatless Monday.

Those of you who were with us at our February meeting saw the presentation by local author Eleanor Boyle, who outlined scientific research showing the environmental problems of large-scale meat production and consumption. While livestock can be good for environments and meat can be good for health, she said, too much is bad for the planet and public health. We then discussed how we could support the international movement for more sustainable diets, and decided to recommend that Vancouver adopt the educational initiative Meatless Monday.

We’re grateful to see the City, and our liaison Councillor Heather Deal, willing to get behind this initiative. Vancouver is the first Canadian city to take this step.

Meatless Monday

Why Meatless Monday?

Because the city of Vancouver is dedicated to developing food systems that are sustainable and that support community well-being; and the city is committed to its Greenest City Action Plan encouraging citizens to make choices that will add to environmental health.

From a policy perspective, the Vancouver Food Strategy and Vancouver Food Charter have advocated for food systems that protect global resources and contribute to planetary health.

Policy initiatives and educational programs such as Meatless Monday have educated global citizens to moderate their intake of animal-source foods and choose meat, dairy and seafood that has been produced sustainably.

How can you get involved?

This proclamation is a chance to celebrate and educate! Whether you are a solo citizen wanting to host a potluck or a community organization with a goal to educate about a plant based diet, we want to hear what you’ve got planned!

Post your event to our facebook page, and send us the info so we can get the word out.

More resources:

meatlessmonday.ca

meatlessmonday.com

Boulevard Gardens

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Imagine when you were a child and thought that the Chocolate Room from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory be where you would spend the rest of your adolescent life. Wouldn’t that be nice?

Now imagine the street you walk home to filled with lush strawberries, crunchy peas, fresh herbs and perfect greens. That would be nice as well!

Though the City of Vancouver is far from recreating a street filled with chocolate, it has jumped on board with the idea of introducing Boulevard Gardens, in their aim to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. The boulevard is the area between the street curb and the sidewalk that is typically planted with grass. Now the city is encouraging residents to transform the boulevard adjacent to their homes into a garden of your own!

While there is a list of plants that is suggested, it would be neat to see more food growing on city boulevards.

There are some guidelines, that can be found here, that will support yourself and make sure that the garden thrives in the city!

- Lihwen Hsu, VFPC working group

May Foodie Updates

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Some notes from our May VFPC meeting…

The Bread Affair just received their new flour mill recently, allowing them to localize and control the processing of local flour! The Bread Affair is BC’s only certified organic artisan bakery serving Greater Vancouver with ties throughout BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. They will be at various Farmers Markets throughout, including Haney Farmers Market (Maple Ridge), Burnaby Farmers Market, and Trout Lake Farmers Market! Yum!

There is a new mobile food market in town! Allowing affordable and fresh produce to areas where people who have difficulty getting nutritious food, the project is critical to the health of the community.  Thank you South Granville Seniors Centre and The Westside Food Collaborative for making this happen! How exciting!!

The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) is looking to getting more school gardens into the schools in our community. Wouldn’t it be nice to see some more in our lives? Especially ones like the newly constructed School Farm at Vancouver Technical Secondary School!

Also, look out for a new School Garden opening up at David Thompson Secondary School with the collaboration of Fresh Roots Urban Farm and the Vancouver School Board!

Calling out to all questions that you have about the food system in Vancouver! What do you want to discuss? What topics do you think we should look at? We want to hear from everyone!  Email us at education@vancouverfoodpolicycouncil.ca

- Lihwen Hsu – VFPC working group 

May meeting: Where We’re at, and Where We’re Going

Please join us for our May 15th Meeting.

Our theme this month will be Where We’re at, and Where We’re Going.

The agenda includes updates from working groups, discussion about succession planning for the VFPC chairs, and fingers crossed, an early finish so we can all head out for a pint together on a fine Spring evening.

The full meeting goes from 6-8pm.

The VFPC meeting happens in the Town Hall Meeting Room at City Hall. Please note that after hours, you must enter City Hall via the 12th Avenue entrance.
We hope to see you there!
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