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1 Barbara Emanuel, Manager Toronto Food Strategy Toronto Public Health April 17, 2013 The Toronto Food Strategy: Integrating Food into Local Government

2 Toronto Food Strategy  Spearheaded by Toronto Public Health to:  Promote a healthy & sustainable food system  Identify collaborative actions that the City can take

3 Food System Nutrition & disease prevention Food literacy Environmental protection Strong communities Local & diverse economic development Social justice

4 A POWERFUL TOOL FOR BUILDING HEALTHY VIBRANT CITIES

5 City of Toronto’s Existing Food Connections

6 FOOD (& Gov’t) in Silos AGRICULTURE ECONOMICS NUTRITION FOOD SAFETY WASTE But Common Barriers across Cities

7 What Bureaucracies Can Be Good At Regulations Good Ideas

8 Toronto Star – Sept 19, 2010

9 Toronto Food Strategy Approach  Action oriented  Top down & bottom up  Prioritizing networks & partnerships  Leveraging resources  Research & evaluation

10 Toronto Food Strategy: Examples in Action

11 Inadequate access to public transit High Density of “Fast Food” Low Household Income Low Density of Community Food Programs/ Food Banks Lack of Healthy Food Sources  Understanding layers of neighbourhood disadvantages  Broadening discussion on food security among City & community stakeholders

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14 Modified Retail Food Environment Index 1km radius - street network 1km aerial radius (doesn’t reflect on the ground experience) “Healthier food retail” All food retail X 100 Source: Modified Retail Food Environment Index

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16  Mapping highlights legacies of not integrating food access into City building over time

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18  Examples of apt tower communities in Germany Source: ERA Architects (2010). Tower Neighbourhood Renewal in the Greater Golden Horseshoe

19 Mobile Good Food Market

20 Multiple Goals:  Making healthy food more accessible  Evaluating mobile model  Engaging community  Building links w other City depts to create more enabling regulations  Exploring social enterprise opportunities

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22 Leveraging City Transit Assets

23 New Mobile Good Food Market Vehicle (Summer 2013?)

24 Policies on Access to Land & Infrastructure

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26 MANY OF THESE VEGGIES CAN BE GROWN HERE Locally Grown World Crops

27 Food Skills & Employability Training  Integrating food safety, nutrition & employment training skills

28 Healthier Corner Stores

29  Conducting on-site food store surveys & owner interviews  Working with Ec Dev, retailers, community & other jurisdictions to identify what might work in Toronto

30 Lessons Learned So Far  Build partnerships focused on action, even small projects that allow City staff & NGO partners to see food connections can create many benefits  Be opportunistic, find where momentum is  Learning to communicate our message effectively to diverse audiences is critical

31 Lessons Learned So Far  Local gov’ts can play strong role in food system renewal, but need to embrace both top-down & bottom-up approaches  Working w community, local gov’t can often pilot innovative food solutions “on the cheap” by leveraging diverse resources

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