Plans for Winnipeg food policy council are finally cooking

Food Policy CouncilMetro | Winnipeg

By: Jessica Botelho-Urbanski

A proposal for a Winnipeg food council will finally land at city hall this month.

Food Matters Manitoba teamed up with the city’s urban planning division to come up with the structure for the food council, which has been about four years in the works. They’re set to present their report to the standing policy committee on water, waste, riverbank management and the environment on Nov. 28.

If the proposal passes, it’s scheduled to get a second look by the executive policy committee in early December, then city council later that month.

Rob Moquin, policy coordinator for Food Matters, is encouraging Winnipeggers to write their councillors showing support for the idea of a food policy council ahead of the votes.

“We need a centralized body where people can not just only voice their concerns to get heard at the council level in terms of food policy, but also to do the kind of work required to do research and evaluation on the current food system,” he said.

“Right now that’s being done piecemeal by academics, people at the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (and) our organization.”

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