Food council could soon take root in Winnipeg

Metro | Winnipeg

By: Stephanie Taylor

Locals are one step closer to seeing a municipal food policy council take root in Winnipeg.

On Wednesday, Mayor Brian Bowman’s executive policy committee voted in favour of creating the council, as recommended in a report penned by the city’s chief planner, Braden Smith.

Smith writes that “food councils help identify issues and provide advice related to the local food system.”

A food system, as Smith and other experts have defined it, is the path food takes from being grown or produced, eaten, and eventually disposed of.

More than 200 food councils exist across North America, the report reads.

Rob Moquin, a policy manager with Food Matters Manitoba, says the organization identified the need for a food policy council almost 10 years ago.

Back in 2015, councillors voted to create such a body, and staff have spent the past two years figuring out the right governance model, logistics and costs.

“Food has been nobody’s responsibility, and yet everyone’s responsibility,” Moquin said.

He believes the city has a part to play in ensuring residents have access to healthy food.

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