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About the Charter for Food Justice

A Better Food System for all.

What is the Guelph-Wellington Charter for Food Justice?

White supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism have had a detrimental effect on the health and wellbeing of people and the planet—and have shaped how food is grown, distributed and consumed in our region and throughout the world. The Guelph-Wellington Charter for Food Justice is a tool to help us take a closer at who our current system serves, who it doesn’t—and how we can level the playing field.


The Charter’s vision acts to connect communities, businesses and governments—and drive collective action toward creating a food system where the right to food is upheld, and where all people, relationships, economic and ecological systems can flourish.

What is Food Justice?

Food justice aims to equally share the benefits and risks of where, what and how food is grown, produced, transported, distributed, accessed, and eaten. Food justice represents a transformation of the current food system by eliminating systemic inequities.


Signatories of the Guelph-Wellington Charter for Food Justice commit to food justice by supporting actions that align with the following themes:


1. The Land and all our relations

2. Health and wellbeing

3. Shared prosperity

4. Culture

5. Education

How Can Signing the Charter Help?

Right now, there is no public body responsible for food access municipally, provincially, or federally. This means our politicians and public institutions have no real mandate or dedicated resources to holistically address food system issues.


When passionate and diverse stakeholders put their names behind the Guelph-Wellington Charter for Food Justice, they’re uniting behind a common vision and values—and demonstrating a collective will to advocate for food system transformation.


The more signatories that sign on, the more likely the Food Charter can:


· Influence municipal strategic planning

· Inspire government endorsement and accountability

· Encourage civic engagement

· Increase collective understanding and awareness of food systems

· Provide a “north star” to drive community partnerships

Interested in learning more?

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