Public Investment/Support

Public investment and support can either hinder or enhance food system security. Governments are positioned to address market failures of the economic system and help realize ideals commonly held by citizens. Governments of all levels set policies and spending priorities that have implications for the food system, and our ability to survive shocks to the system and adapt to long-term changes.

Food Policy

Food policy occurs at all levels of governance, and all governments and institutions play a role to ensure food security for their constituents. The scope of this topic includes decisions and processes that shape impacts and outcomes in all aspects of the food system.
[including subsidies, food justice, workers rights, land protection]

Policies that supports food security by City of Vancouver

Greenways Plan (1992)
Calls for Vancouver to become a _city of gardens_ and for investigation into the possibility of urban agriculture being part of the programming of public spaces.
Creating a Sustainable City (2002)
Southeast False Creek Urban Agriculture Strategy (2002)
Major food/ agriculture-related recommendations in the ODP Application include community gardens and orchards; school garden; green roofs; outdoor community market; Green Streets; fruit trees; small-scale, local-serving grocery store and restaurants.
Cool Vancouver Task Force_s Discussion Paper on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Planning for the City of Vancouver (2003)
Increase the physical capacity of Vancouver_s neighbourhoods to support food, and work to increase the amount of food grown in the City; Promote understanding in Vancouver residents of where their food comes from and where it is produced, and encourage selection of food produced with ethical and environmentally sustainable business practices; Encourage Vancouverites to purchase food that is produced locally with organic farming methods; Increase the capacity of the City to offer food growing opportunities to local Vancouver residents in need of increased food security.
Ethical Purchasing Policy (2005)
Ensures all suppliers to the City meet the performance standards outlined in the Supplier Code of Conduct, which ensures safe and healthy workplaces for workers; used in selection of business partners and suppliers for apparel and certified fair trade agricultural products.
Park Board Community Gardens Policy (1996, revised 2005)
Supports community gardens and guides tenure in parks
Building Bylaw (2007)
Includes objective to _develop guidelines for urban agricultural installations (voluntarily provided) outlining plot design, safety, support facilities, and access_
Grow Natural - Natural Yard Care
Environmental protection through water conservation, limiting use of potentially harmful chemicals; and protecting soil, streams and lakes from chemical run-off
Produce Stand Permits (CafÇ, Produce & Flower)
Any food retailer can obtain a store-front produce stand as long as there is sufficient space on the sidewalk (8 feet) to ensure pedestrian flow (and they have a business license).
Food Service Leases
Seasonal and year-round concessions contracted to individual operators. The Parks Board may control menu, procurement, health regulations, prices, etc.
Action Plan for Creating a Just and Sustainable Food System for the City of Vancouver (2003)
Created the Vancouver Food Policy Council and set goal to create a just and sustainable food system
Vancouver Food Charter (2007)
Commitment to goals of a just and sustainable food system and the development of a coordinated food policy
Vancouver 2020: A Bright Green Future
Greenest City Action Team (GCAT) (2009)
Recommendations to Council that address environmental sustainability; 44 Quick Start activities, 10 goals for becoming the world_s greenest city by 2020, including that Vancouver become a global leader in urban food systems.
Farmers Markets Interim Policy (2010)
Incorporate into City_s visioning process, zoning, and related bylaws, signage, tenure
Alternative and Healthy Mobile Food Options (2010)
There are 120 designated street vending spots in Vancouver. 50 of these vendors sell food. Health approval is required.
Food recovery programs (future)