The Calgary Food Committee commenced its Food System Assessment and Action Plan today. The assessment will research Calgary’s food system, studying how and where Calgary’s food is produced, processed, shipped, eaten and ultimately thrown away.
City of Calgary sustainability consultant Rebecca Newlove says the report will contribute to the city’s Food Action Plan; an initiative intended to help Calgarians "access and afford more local, healthy, nutritious food."
"What we don’t have currently is information on how many Calgarians have access to healthy food," Newlove said at a Jan. 12 press conference.
The Food Committee consists of farmers, local businesses and chefs, city staff and representatives from Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and Alberta Health and Wellness.
The Food Committee will offer public engagement opportunities throughout January. A final report is to be submitted to city council in April 2012.