Cultivating Food Connections: Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Food System for Toronto

Abstract:

The Toronto paradox – a city with so many advantages beset with so many food-related challenges – calls out for new approaches. This is where a food system perspective and “food system thinking” come into play. The term “food system” is commonly defined as the complex set of activities and relationships related to every aspect of the food cycle, including production, processing, distribution, marketing, retail, preparation, consumption and disposal. Food system thinking is a way of seeing the bigger picture, of developing solutions to food problems by seeing and leveraging their connections to other health, social, economic, and environmental issues. This report, and the Food Strategy project overall, is founded upon the idea that the food system should be health-focused. A health-focused food system nourishes the environment, protects against climate change, promotes social justice, creates local and diverse economic development, builds community and much more.

Citation:

David McKeown “Cultivating Food Connections: Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Food System for Toronto” Toronto Public Health. Toronto, ON: Toronto Public Health.

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Cultivating Food Connections: Towards a Healthy and Sustainable Food System for Toronto