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Food Policy

The Time is Now: Community of Practice Links Up Poverty Reduction, Food Insecurity, and Food Costing

Our November 2018 Community of Practice conversation linked up poverty reduction (with discussion of the upcoming BC Poverty Reduction Plan), food insecurity, and the recent 2017 Food Costing Report. Read on to learn what Trish Garner and Melanie Kurrein brought to the conversation.

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Catching up with the Northwest Food Security Partnership: A year of convening from Masset to Prince George

Laurie Gallant

Huddled over a picnic table on Gabriola Island, the Gateway caught up by phone with Laurie Gallant 1,300 km away in New Hazelton. Laurie champions the emerging Northwest Food Security Partnership.

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Community of Practice Builds Food Policy Capacity in Squamish

A vibrant Community of Practice is supporting food system advocates across B.C. to work with local government to advance food policy. Krystle tenBrink and Michalina Hunter with Squamish CAN (Climate Action Network) have participated in the Community of Practice since the beginning, and are steering the work of the new Squamish Food Policy Council.

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Whose Food System? Challenging the Local Food Narrative in Vancouver’s Chinatown

Next week the hua foundation, along with the Vancouver Food Policy Council and the Kamloops Food Policy Council, are offering a workshop  on Unpacking White Privilege in the Food Movement. We will share more about this work in an upcoming Homegrown Story. In the meantime we invite you to explore the hua foundation’s current work and Gateway’s feature from a year ago.

Cultural food assets.
Parallel food systems.
Chinese food distribution system.

These are not familiar terms to those working in mainstream food security in BC. This language is, however, beginning to get out there thanks to the work of the Hua Foundation. This youth-driven organization nestled in Vancouver’s Chinatown is stewarding a conversation about culture, history, knowledge, and discrimination within the food movement.

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Planning for Food System Resilience at the Bulkley Valley Food Security Forum

The ice storms in the Lower Mainland last year prompted an inevitable crisis — highways were closed and food trucks couldn’t make it up here. Store shelves started emptying…We were having a food system breakdown.

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