Local food strategy to be presented to Sudbury planning committee
Strategy would lay out goals for creating an economically viable and ecologically sustainable food system
Only 2 per cent of food consumed in Sudbury is locally grown, and a new report being presented to the city's planning committee includes strategies to address the imbalance.
Stuart McCall, a farmer who sits on Sudbury's food policy council, said the Greater Sudbury food strategy would lay out the short and long-term goals for creating an economically viable and ecologically sustainable food system for the city.
One of the ideas in the report would be to increase the amount of local producers at the downtown farmer's market.
Another step the city can take is to amend bylaws to improve signage directing consumers to local farms.
"That tells me that the consumers of produce and so on don't really know where to go," McCall said, "I think it would be really important to get that part of it clarified through the bylaws and allow that sort of direction for people."
According to the report, Sudbury's awareness and interest in locally-grown food has been increasing for a few years, not only at the consumer level, but the institutional level as well.
The food council will be presenting its report on Monday night.