Toronto to become a “Good Food City” by reducing meat consumption, increasing access to nutritious fruits and vegetables

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Ecological Produce at Farmers Market in Paris. © Peter Caton / Greenpeace Toronto – Toronto Mayor John Tory today joined with 13 other mayors representing some of the world’s largest cities including Paris, Los Angeles, Lima and Tokyo in committing to become “Good Food Cities”, by reducing meat consumption and food waste, while increasing the availability of plant-based options. These measures are intended to address the climate and extinction crises and improve urban health. According to data just released by Statistics Canada , household spending on food and beverages in Canada accounted in 2015 for a quarter of indirect emissions and were a top source of GHG emissions after household energy consumption. In the declaration released today during the Summit of the C40 cities in Copenhagen, the mayors furthermore committed to aligning their food procurement policies with a planetary health diet by 2030 – rich in plant-based food with less from animal sources. This would equate to a maximum average of 300 grams of meat per person per week. In Toronto, Greenpeace Canada Nature and Food Campaigner Yasmeen Peer: “Greenpeace applauds Mayor Tory’s commitment to making Toronto a more healthy, livable and sustainable city. Implementing this ambitious declaration will […]

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