Food Forward has been playing a big role in Vote ON Food and Farming, the provincial campaign led by Sustain Ontario to raise the profile of food and farming, by engaging residents and candidates in Toronto and across the province. We believe that good food has the power to make change. Please visit the website to pledge to make food and farming an election issue, and send a note to your candidates.
Volunteers are out at farmer's markets, festivals and all-candidate's meetings and many folks are involved in campaigns for candidates they believe will make good food change. Let us know if you'd like to get involved - email firstname.lastname@example.org
As FarmStart's Christie Young describes here, a new food economy that supports young farmers and food businesses can happen with a little more support, with a level-playing field for new, small and ecological farmers and food enterprises. Let's raise this vision of a stronger local economy with our candidates and get some commitments for change. Some parties are already discussing these issues (see voteonfood.ca for their platforms) and we need to see them implement action in office.
Vote for food and farming October 6.
We now know that momentum and public opinion in Toronto is against the deep cuts proposed to our health, social, infrastructure and environmental services and grants. Hundreds of Torontonians attended a meeting at Dufferin Grove Park to pen the joint Toronto Declaration. It includes support for food programs, environmental programs and farmer's markets.
Councillors on the fence can we swayed to vote against cuts to food and related programs that make our City a healthier and more prosperous place to live. Cuts to the Riverdale Farm, Toronto Urban farm, Toronto Environment Office and community grants as recommended by the City Manager are not on our agenda. Please call or e-mail Councillors today to let them know that scrapping these programs hurts the most vulnerable Torontonians, job creation and our environment, and that our city can do better. You can still sign our petition before we present it to Council.
In a time when municipal support for food programs like urban agriculture is increasing throughout the world, and the movement explodes in Toronto, we need more City support, not less. Please spread the word online and ask your friends to call or write too. Join our political picnic against the cuts at City Council's lunch break September 26. See our TO Events Hub (above) for more!