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Regional Food System Strategy

The globalization of food systems has made agri-food systems less sustainable. In response, the Vancouver Regional Food System Strategy seeks to address the challenges of contemporary global food systems, through a multi-pronged strategy. The strategy is focused on actions at the regional level which will lead to a more localized, sustainable, resilient and healthy food system while continuing to be embedded in the larger food system at the national and global scales. Given the multi-sectoral nature of food systems, a process was developed to involve a wide range of stakeholders: farmers, food processors, distributors and retailers, public health authorities, municipalities, provincial and federal government and their agencies as well as NGOs, community groups and academia. The unique platform provided by Metro Vancouver helped to mobilize this approach, which would have otherwise been beyond the scope and capacity of some smaller municipal members to achieve.