Let’s Talk Food – What Was Said

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Over eighty people attended Let’s Talk Food on November 19, 2017. They took part in many, many discussions on a diversity of topics. Read the full report here: Let’s Talk Food 2017 Report

Let’s Talk Food was hosted by the PEI Food Security Network, in partnership with the City of Charlottetown and the United Way of PEI. The event was designed to gather people together, to share their experiences and knowledge, to make connections and to develop a shared vision to inform policy and initiate collective action to create a healthy food system.

The day was designed to allow groups to form around key topics to support actions that promote food security. Participants included primary producers, preparers of food, people from faith communities and community organizations, people involved in food innovation, educators, students, government representatives, food activists and volunteers.

The agenda was based on open space technology, which gave participants the opportunity to identify topics that were of particular interest to them, and convene discussion groups. Over the course of the day, over 30 topics were discussed, including school nutrition, soil health, food waste, livable income for producers, marine ecosystem health, and challenging the myth of “cheap food”. Out of those discussions emerged some broad themes and ideas for action.

Emerging Themes:

INFORMATION SHARING Information, including best practices and success stories is shared.

A CULTURAL SHIFT Food is seen as right and necessary to our wellbeing. The idea that food should be cheap is challenged.

EDUCATION Food literacy is incorporated into the school system – students learn about food and food production.

Ideas for Action:

1. Develop a food charter and food policy council for the City of Charlottetown.

2. Create a virtual food hub to connect food security projects and programs.

3. Advocate at the provincial government level for a school nutrition program.

4. Research and highlight successful programs that introduce students to food production, including school gardens and programs that provide students with healthy, locally produced food.

5. Highlight success stories of farmers who are farming organically and improving soil health.

6. Create more public awareness of the role of migrant workers in the food system.

7. Get more locally produced, healthy food into those institutions.

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