Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Toronto Food Policy Council's September Food Hero

After a summer of rapid growth in public interest and involvement in new food issues, the Toronto Food Policy Council launches its fall meetings with an action- and idea-packed agenda.

Come early (about 1:45 pm) to meet this month's local food hero, Marc Breton, chef at the Gladstone Hotel and originator of a special series of harvest dinners inspired by whatever local farmers put in the Community Support Agriculture food box that week. Marc will have a few samples of his work with him, and you'll have time to talk with him and others who are gathered around those samples.

Three presentations speak to the range of issues that are exciting local, healthy and sustainable food enthusiasts. Bob Bailey of the Canada Delta Water Fowl Foundation will talk about a new policy, called ALUS, that pays farmers to be careful stewards of the biodiversity on their land. He's followed (after the break for local snacks) by TFPC member and food marketing professional, Helene St. Jacques, who will talk about the food polling that corporations work with, and the ones that governments work with. She is followed by Wally Seccombe, whose new publication on new directions for Ontario farm policy has a special section on StatsCan findings on local food prouction - the theme of his short talk.

Plus the best networking in town. It all takes place in Committee Room 4 at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, from about 2:00 to 5:00 pm on Wednesday, September 12, 2007.

If you have time, make a complete day of it and stick around for the evening public meeting featuring Bob Bailey and an exciting panel of others on the concept of environmental fees for farmers; that meeting starts at 7:00 pm in Committee Room 1, at City Hall, as well.