What does it mean to declare that food connects us all? Or to announce, willy-nilly, that we need to work together towards a bold new vision of food and food policy, in Ontario and across Canada?
These problems will only be solved when we connect the dots.
Local farmers markets, community and school gardens, food co-ops, urban gardens, food access centres — all of these emerging possibilities support healthier, tastier food for all villagers. As this happens, everyone benefits and communities become stronger and more inclusive.
Provincial politics have become increasingly stuck in a frustrating gridlock. We have separate ministries for agriculture, health, economic development, community development, and the environment, as well as a multiplicity of non-governmental organizations, each focused on a single piece of the problem. We are at risk of missing many of the potential connections and the benefits they could generate.
This letter invites you to help us propose elegant solutions to the complicated problems embedded in today’s food system. It takes food to raise a better village. Connect to us and a month of local food events at www.alphabet-city.org
, and share your ideas by joining the conversation at www.walrusmagazine.com/alphabetcity
. Ideas that will call on everyone’s talents, abilities and resources. Ideas that are financially viable, ecologically responsible, and socially equitable.
This is not about partisan politics: We’re asking each of the political parties to respond to this imperative. This Open Letter asks for an open mind from all of Ontario’s citizens and its politicians. We ask you to engage with these issues, and to work together to find long-lasting solutions to our food policies.