Back in November, as many of you may recall, AFN Hosted Debbie Field – of Toronto FoodShare (http://www.foodshare.net -for a fun and informative event that we called Good Food For All. Debbie explored many topics with the audience all pertaining to food and food related issues, both locally and world-wide. On a global level, Debbie shed light on malnutrition – both from lack of food, as well as the pandemic of obesity and diabetes due to overeating and poor food choices.She also discussed environmental issues surrounding unsustainable systems as well as the issue of farmers being unable to make a living within the current food system.
Her primary focus was “Exploring a Sault Food Charter”. Debbie shared the Toronto Food Charter as an example, showing how such a document would benefit our community – allowing us to have a common campaign, to work together and foster strategic alliances – it would work as a tool to advance food access and food projects in Sault Ste. Marie. Food Charters across Canada have been shown to help raise government attention at the municipal level and set benchmarks to further efforts towards adequate, healthy food for the whole community. Along with Sault Ste. Marie’s Food Charter, we took a look at the community food movement – what it is and what it could be here in the Soo. We’re working to further community involvement in back yard gardening, school based nutrition programs, promoting healthy food choices and celebrating culture and family through food. Debbie was engaging and informative! She did a fantastic job of sharing her knowledge with the audience and directing our community towards becoming a healthier and happier Sault Ste. Marie. We’d like to thank Debbie for joining us as well as:
Willowgrove United Church –www.wondercafe.ca
Healthy Communities Partnership Algoma
Personal Fit Meal Catering – www.saultpersonalfit.blogspot.com
Luke Vine-Sweet Water Ranch
St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters – www.freshfaircoffee.com
NORDIK Institute – www.nordikinstitute.com
Algoma Public Health- www.algomapublichealth.com
Canadian Red Cross – www.redcross.ca
If you’d like to download a summery of Debbie’s presentation, click here.