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Charlottetown to host summit to address food insecurity

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - A food summit designed to share ideas and develop projects to move food security forward will take place in Charlottetown on Nov. 9.

The City of Charlottetown, the United Way and the P.E.I. Food Security Network will host the free event at the Murchison Centre (17 St. Pius X Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

“Let’s Talk Food” will bring together people with an interest in food security, including farmers, fishermen, government agencies, chefs, community organizations, educators and retailers to discuss challenges and opportunities in the food system in P.E.I.

“We all eat, so we’re all part of that system,” said Ann Wheatley of the Food Security Network.

“And we all have a part to play in creating public policy that ensures not only that everyone has access to enough healthy food but that our food is produced in environmentally responsible ways and that the people growing and harvesting food are treated fairly, across the board.”

For many Islanders, access to food is still a major concern. According to Statistics Canada, 15.2 per cent of households in P.E.I. experience some degree of food insecurity.

At the same time, the people who are producing food face their own challenges and uncertainties in the face of climate change, such as the rising costs of production, access to land and fluctuations in global markets.

The event will be participant-led using open space format in order to engage attendees. It will contribute to several goals and actions that were identified in the 2017 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan to develop a food security strategy for P.E.I.

To pre-register, visit: https://citycharlottetown.wufoo.eu/forms/z1e7u7rw0cn1skr/

To read more from the Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, visit www.charlottetown.ca/sustainablecity.php.

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