Urban Food Strategies published and presented an article in the summer 2023 issue of Plan Canada, entitled Cultural Food Assets: Evolutions in Food System Planning.

Article summary: Cultural food assets (CFAs) are at the heart of community. From food markets and districts in towns and cities to hunting and fishing grounds in rural and remote areas, CFAs create a sense of belonging and are part of placemaking. With increasing land values and development pressure in urban to remote areas, CFAs are being erased. Planners can play an important role as community allies and stewards of long range plans. This article describes motivators for addressing CFAs in planning, key definitions, examples of CFAs, two local government examples from B.C., and five steps for planning for CFAs in your community.

Published 2023