1. Organic Council of Ontario is pleased to introduce the first in our "Think Before You Eat" video series, "Think Animal Welfare".

    Learn from organic farmers and advocates about the importance of choosing Ontario organic!

    This video was made possible by the generous support of the Local Food Fund and the Ontario Organic Roadshow Sponsors -

    Yorkshire Valley Farms
    Field Gate Organics
    Crofters Organic
    Organic Meadow
    Ontario Natural Food Co-op
    Pfennings Organic
    Organics Live
    Mapleton’s Organic
    Canadian Organic Trade Association

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  3. This video looks at the unique rural and urban mix of York Region, and the importance of connecting community members to work together collaboratively to support the local food movement. The York Region Food Charter was developed by a working group of representatives from various networks and organizations. It is a “guiding document for the development of coordinated food-related policies and programs in York Region” that outlines the vision of a sustainable and healthy food system that will benefit the community, the environment and the local economy. The development process involved public consultations through surveys to get a feeling for priority local food issues, projects to be supported by a food charter, and other actions and recommendations that should be addressed. The hope is that this Food Charter will facilitate networks and connections, offer opportunities for economic development and healthier lifestyles, and ensure that healthy and local foods are available to all!

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  4. Full report at This is a story about what is possible in urban water sustainability. The Water Sustainable City of the Near Future is an idea that is emerging and well within reach for most communities. It is what any place could look like if water really mattered.

    This report is intended to help practitioners and decision makers build a business case for advanced and
    integrated water management. The content is based on interviews with 17 subject matter experts and
    thought leaders. Together, they defined a common vision, shared innovations in their unique and diverse
    disciplines, and suggested cross-cutting business case considerations. These three themes form the core
    sections of this report.

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  5. The Living City is Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) vision for a Toronto region comprised of sustainable communities, regional biodiversity, healthy rivers and shorelines, and business excellence. Farmers have played a major role in realizing these goals with the help of TRCA, which has leased 142 acres of land to 26 new farmers within Toronto. By producing nourishing foods that are sold to markets as little as 25 minutes away from their site, ensuring maximum freshness for customers, and also training new farmers, TRCA farms are sowing the seeds for a healthier Ontario.

    In this video, you’ll meet the amazing people behind the farms across the Toronto region bringing fresh, local and healthy food to plates across the region, including the newly established Black Creek Community Farm. Located in the priority neighbourhood of Jane and Finch, typically characterized as a food desert where residents cannot access the foods required for a healthy diet at an affordable rate, the Black Creek Community Farm has stepped into the role of feeding the community and serving as a place of learning for youth and aspiring farmers.

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