Food affects us all. It affects our health, our local and global economies and our ecological footprint. It is an important part of the fabric of our social and cultural wellbeing. We believe that food is a door into a number complex social and environmental issues.

Despite increasing interest in Canada in healthy eating, sustainable procurementpurchasing food in ways that helps ensure secure jobs and livelihoods, maintain health and diversity of both plants and animals, and protect natural resources including water, soil, and the climate and building local food economiesLocal food economies: food is grown, fished, raised and processed within a limited geographic area and distributed over shorter distances from consumers’ homes than is common in the global industrial food system., there remains much work to be done. Some populations still face unacceptably high rates of food insecurityFood insecurity: the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.. Diet-related chronic diseases are on the rise, and serious environmental threats abound, including food-related climate change and soil and water pollution. The planet is also suffering an alarming loss of agrobiodiversity.

It is only by engaging everyone who has a stake in the food system—from farmers to policymakers—that we can create a future of food that is good for people and the planet.