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Good Food 2025 Resolution of Support
Good Food 2025 is a comprehensive multisector, multi-jurisdictional strategy to promote a healthy and sustainable food system in the Capital Region. Good Food is good for the planet, good for the provider, and good for the health and well-being of all.
Whereas, we live in an abundant and productive ecosystem and yet we consume less than 10% of our foods from Vancouver Island(s) land and waters,
Whereas, residents' interest in local foods is growing significantly and yet farms and food lands are disappearing rapidly, and many people do not have access to local and cultural foods,
Whereas, less than 50% of people on the island consume their daily recommended fruit and vegetables, over 50% of people are overweight or obese, and the prevalence of diet related disease and chronic illness (diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease_) continues to rise,
Whereas, there is substantial support, skills, expertise and investment that could be leveraged, to realize significant health, environmental and economic benefits to our region through food system initiatives,
Be it therefore resolved that the signatory endorses the vision of the Capital Region Food Charter and the Good Food 2025 strategy and agrees with the following goals:
- To grow the local food economy to provide more of our foods closer to home, promoting economic, social and environmental health.
- To enable all residents in the region to have the food knowledge, skills and ability to make informed choices about their foods.
- To increase the number of people who are food secure and accessing adequate healthy food.
- To celebrate food as a vital part of all cultures, and ensure that indigenous foods are honoured with access to traditional ways of hunting, gathering and fishing by indigenous peoples.