Whereas: There are significant opportunities in Manitoba to enhance food security, green our communities, engage neighbourhoods in urban agriculture, and create economic opportunities in our communities.
Whereas: Chronic diseases related to diet cost our province billions of dollars, with diabetes alone costing $500 million in 2010.
Whereas: The food economy and food programming are key components of vibrant, healthy communities.
Whereas: Governments can play a key role in facilitating and planning for a food secure community and developing an enabling regulatory structure.
Whereas: Other Canadian jurisdictions have developed food policy councils and food security strategies, fostered cooperation between government departments and community agencies, and encouraged citizen involvement in the food system.
Whereas: Comprehensive food strategies strengthen food security, improve health, and create economic opportunities for producers and processors in a strong local food economy.
Be It Resolved That:
CCEDNet - Manitoba urge the Province of Manitoba and Manitoban municipalities to create Food Policy Councils mandated to develop and implement a food security strategy in partnership with the local food movement and community agencies.