Growing Good Food Ideas Spotlight: The York Region Food Charter

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Author: Ravi Singh

Posted: June 17, 2013

Categories: Food in the News / Growing Good Food Ideas / News from Sustain Ontario / Nouvelles

The York Region Food Charter from Sustain Ontario on Vimeo.

Powerline Films has been traveling across Ontario gathering stories of people and places that are transforming the future of food. Created in partnership with Sustain Ontario and more than a dozen partners, these videos shine light on good food ideas from many regions of our province.

At the beginning of each week, we put one of the videos in the spotlight so you can feast your eyes on the good food ideas developing across the province. This week’s video comes from the York Region Food Network. Watch the rest of the videos on

This video looks at the unique rural and urban mix of York Region, and the importance of connecting community members to work together collaboratively to support the local food movement. The York Region Food Charter was developed by a working group of representatives from various networks and organizations. It is a “guiding document for the development of coordinated food-related policies and programs in York Region” that outlines the vision of a sustainable and healthy food system that will benefit the community, the environment and the local economy. The development process involved public consultations through surveys to get a feeling for priority local food issues, projects to be supported by a food charter, and other actions and recommendations that should be addressed. The hope is that this Food Charter will facilitate networks and connections, offer opportunities for economic development and healthier lifestyles, and ensure that healthy and local foods are available to all!