Midhurst/October 14, 2016 – County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall proclaimed Sunday, October 16, 2016, as World Food Day in Simcoe County.
World Food Day was created by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, founded in 1945, and is an international event designed to increase awareness, understanding, and year-round action to alleviate hunger.
"Local agriculture provides our residents with food, labour opportunities, and has far reaching economic and social impacts," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "World Food Day is an opportunity to reflect on how we can all work together to build local strategies to alleviate hunger and poverty while supporting a sustainable local food system."
Each year World Food Day adopts a different theme in order to highlight areas requiring action, and provide a common focus. This year's World Food Day theme is "Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too."
The Food Partners Alliance supports this day through its Simcoe County Food and Agriculture Charter, created in collaboration with the County of Simcoe and supported by County Council. The Charter raises awareness about the importance of protecting Simcoe County's local food system.
"Simcoe County's agriculture sector faces a number of challenges including climate change. Climate change can impact farm production and profitability, causing a strain on the sector as well as the variety of foods available to support our local food system," says John Hemsted, Chair of the Food Partners Alliance.
For more information about the Food Partners Alliance's Food and Agriculture Charter, visit fpa.simcoe.ca.
The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.
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