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Food and the Official Plan
A report of the Haliburton County Food Assessment
Harvest Haliburton 2015

This report is the first of 3 reports produced by the Haliburton County Community Food Assessment, undertaken as a collaborative project of Harvest Haliburton and its community partners.  It describes the results of research that was undertaken to determine how Official Plans might be amended in order to support the food system, which consists of production, processing, distribution, consumption and waste management. The research showed that Official Plans can influence all elements of the food system, and provided recommendations for changes to existing Official Plans.


Healthy Food for All: Sustainable Local Food Systems in Ontario
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, 2015

The case studies describe the work of four community organizations in four regions of Ontario who engaged their communities in a local food systems planning process.

PROOF: Research to identify policy options to reduce food insecurity

The following articles have been have been selected by PROOF to provide recent information on household food insecurity in Canada.  All of the articles listed were published in peer-reviewed academic journals and are organized by topic:

Household Food Insecurity 2011-2012: Statistics Canada
Food security is commonly understood to exist in a household when all people, at all times, have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for an active and healthy life.1 Conversely, food insecurity occurs when food quality and/or quantity are compromised, typically associated with limited financial resources. Household food insecurity has been associated with a range of poor physical and mental health outcomes, for example, self-assessed poor/fair health, multiple chronic conditions, distress, and depression. The 2011-2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collected national data on household food insecurity, with a focus on whether members of a given household could afford to buy the food they need. The food insecurity questions resulted in an overall household measure of food insecurity, as well as separate adult and child measures.

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food is a report published by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. It contains the findings and recommendations of the Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter, on the right to food on his country visit to Canada from 6 to 16 May 2012. The report first examines the state of food security in Canada (chap. II) and the legal and policy framework for the realization of the right to adequate food (chap. III). It then outlines specific issues related to agricultural policies (chap. IV); protection of the poorest segments of the population (chap. V); access to adequate diets and the growing incidence of overweight and obesity (chap. VI); Canada’s contribution to global food security (chap. VII); and specific problems faced by indigenous peoples (chap. VIII). (United Nations Human Rights Council, December 2012)

Women’s Rights and the Right to Food is a report by the Special Rapporteur on the right to food. He discusses the threats to women’s right to food, identifying the areas that demand the most urgent attention. As small-scale food producers, women face multiple forms of discrimination in accessing land, in benefiting from extension services, in access to financial services, or in the design of agricultural research and development. (United Nations Human Rights Council, December 2012)

Menu 2020: Ten Good Food Ideas for Ontario is one of the five Metcalf Food Solutions reports, a collection of reports that resulted from an open competition for people and organizations to write proposals for food system reform in Ontario.  In this paper, which is in many ways a summary of the findings in all five Food Solutions Papers, ten ideas addressing the entire food system, from production through processing and consumption, are outlined. (Sustain Ontario – The Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming, 2010)

The Lay of the Land: Local Food Initiatives in Canada is a scan of local food initiatives in Canada. It charts the geographical distribution and specific types of activities that make up Canada’s local food movement; it aims to help a broad audience better understand the nation’s renewed interest in where food is grown. The Canadian Co-operative Association conducted this research to determine the overall breadth of the local food movement, the number of co-operatives involved in local food, and the umbrella organizations that work to assist these initiatives. (Canadian Co-operative Association, 2009)

Report 8 of the Council of Science and Public Health – Sustainable Food  Healthy food is part of a sustainable food system, in which food is defined not only by its nutrient content, but also by how and where it is raised, grown, processed, and distributed. Public health dietary guidelines, as well as dietary recommendations targeting individuals for secondary and tertiary prevention, cannot be met without a greater emphasis on sustainable agriculture and food production as part of a larder food system. (Council of Science and Public Health, 2009)

Beyond Free-fall: Halting Rural Poverty – Final Report of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry   This report is the culmination of a comprehensive two-year study of rural poverty and rural decline. It presents a number of major recommendations aimed at addressing issues affecting rural Canadians. (Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, 2008)

For the Greener Good: Steps We Can All Take to Achieve Sustainable Communities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Published by Environmental Defence, this report focuses on changes we need to make in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region of Ontario to steer the region onto a green path.  The recommendations aim to put forward a common basis from which green communities can grow and evolve. (Environmental Defence, 2008)