Food can play a powerful role in promoting health, as well as building strong and diverse communities, protecting the environment and strengthening the economy. But there's rising concern about the role that our current food system plays in a range of current problems – hunger, obesity, chronic disease, food safety scares, the viability of local farm communities, environmental pollution, and more. To address these problems, many cities, including Toronto are coordinating a strategic approach to food.
The Toronto Food Strategy team's role is to support a healthier and more sustainable food system through research, facilitation, partnership building and, most of all, implementing specific, tangible projects. We partner with City staff, institutions, community agencies and the private sector on initiatives to expand access to healthy, affordable and diverse food, create good food jobs and more.
Working alongside the Toronto Food Policy Council, the Food Strategy team hopes to inspire innovation to unlock food’s potential to enable personal health, vibrant neighbourhoods and a great city.