By Celeste Zimmer
Food is a complex issue that impacts everyone. It gives us a reason for engaging in how our local food systems are structured.
How sustainable is our food environment and culture? Is food shared and distributed justly and fairly? Are there better ways our food industry partners can work together to help ensure better food security?
These were just a few of the many questions asked at the 2015 Check Up - Food Forward Forum, held on December 3rd at the Horticulture Center of the Pacific in Saanich, BC.
The Check Up is an annual event, organized by the Capital Region Food and Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable (Cr-fair), helps to bridge the gap in our food systems network and provides some clarity to those difficult, and often-controversial questions.
During this event local stakeholders explore what information is most crucial to report on, what policies would enable better, more sustainable outcomes in our food economy, what areas need more focus and attention.
This event also provided a great venue to share and celebrate all of the fabulous achievements that have been seen in the food industry over the years. It enables participants to network and collaborate to help improve communication and shared learnings, and provides resources to stay up to date on what’s being done in the community.
With this year’s event being the most well attended Check Up to date, it seems a clear indication that many feel the value and need for this informative annual event. And rightfully so - although there are lots of great successes to celebrate, there are still many hurdles to jump before our local food economy is on a clear path to sustainability. A main key to tackling these difficulties is through collaboration and the Food Forward Forum provides a great opportunity for this!