Rationale and Best Practices

Sustain Ontario works with groups across Ontario that believe in a collaborative approach to building healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable food systems. We believe that resilient food systems can meet many important policy objectives beyond simple food production — economic (e.g. good jobs and economic growth), environmental (e.g. soil health and clean water) and social (e.g. food access and food literacy). The process of building these systems can also lead to greater community development and engagement, as it requires enhanced collaboration by many different actors — government, industry, academia, civil society groups and citizens.

This resource helps to make the case for healthy, ecological, equitable and financially viable food systems by providing key facts and links to further research. It also provides some innovative examples of local leadership in Ontario and elsewhere to demonstrate what could be done in your community.

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