Local Food Survey Questions Summary

Candidate name 1. How do you see the city’s role in food system sustainability, access to local food, and the connection to health?

John Antonioni

The City must encourage local private development of agricultural activity throughout the whole process… from farm to market. Furthermore, I think the city must pay a role in the protection of agricultural lands and the attraction of agricultural enhancement activities Eg. Registered field tiling companies. A diet higher in local foods conveys the win-win of health, wellness and economic development.

Fern Cormier

Hannu Piironen

One of Sudbury’s greatest assets is the amount of good agricultural land located within the City limits. The City can do more to promote agricultural products grown or produced here. We should encourage local food policies in all of our area institutions to use more local ingredients in their food preparation. There are already the beginnings of this trend which is very promising. I would like to see the Farmers Market sell more local products and organic produce.
I would promote the establishment of more community gardens. I applaud the efforts of many apartment buildings in Ward 10 and co-ops that have made space available for community plots. I would like to see more.
I would promote and encourage projects such as “Share your Fruit” which would make use of all of the bounty around us which often goes to waste.

Steve Ripley

Continued growth and promotion of the downtown farmers market.

Mila Wong

Sustainability, access to local food are definitely connected with good health, in general access to food (against hunger) is my priority.

Candidate name 2. How would you develop local agriculture and fresh water and forest foods?

John Antonioni

Further development of a local food hub / distribution leader is a required to deliver collective benefits to a number of local producers. We must also attract and encourage agricultural opportunities through development of partnerships of existing operations. For instance, a local beer producer, may find it beneficial (from marketing dproduct perspective) to source a local barley or hops provider. We must welcome private agricultural and aquacultural concerns.

The city may also have an impact in the de-industrialization of food production by re-defining certain by-laws around local animal raising (bee keeping etc.)

Fern Cormier

Hannu Piironen

Agriculture land in Sudbury is a vital resource. Unfortunately for the producer it often does not pay to keep land in production. We have to “brand” our local produce in such a way that people are willing to pay a premium. I, for one, would be willing to pay a little bit more for a local potato, chicken or dairy product. Many others, of course, cannot afford to, or are unaware of beneficial aspects of buying local. One is freshness and resulting better taste and nutritional values and second is the lessening of the carbon footprint of one’s food. Eat local and save the planet at the same time!

Steve Ripley

Mila Wong

Encourage these as projects for starters in land and aqua agriculture and assist for their success. Crops that can have second harvest for the Fall, example England can have 2 crops of the hardy broccoli plants for the growing season. Stocking our lakes with local species – fishing for food and relaxation are great for health. Again, best practice in other places.

Multiple choice questions:

Candidate name (a) A food action plan for the city (b) Developing targets for procurement of local food in municipal institutions (c) Providing support for urban agriculture initiatives (d) Expanding the amount of land preserved for agricultural use and avoiding incompatible use (e) Designating the market as a Farmer’s Market

John Antonioni

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote against

Fern Cormier

I will vote in favour Unsure I will champion that Unsure I will champion that

Hannu Piironen

Unsure I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour Unsure

Steve Ripley

I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will champion that I will vote in favour I will vote in favour

Mila Wong

I will vote in favour Unsure I will vote in favour I will vote in favour I will vote in favour
Explanations:

Candidate name Explanations

John Antonioni

Designation of the local market as a “Farmer’s Market” at this point may be counter productive. Sudbury’s agricultural production is quite harvest time oriented and producer turnout in the summer months is perhaps inadequate. I certainly understand the sentiment but I would rather give local producers (farmers) incentives to participate. Market redesignation may, indeed, occur at a later date.

Fern Cormier

Hannu Piironen

A-Unsure as I haven’t read the plan
D-The City should also consider a policy of setting aside monies for agricultural land banking. We need agricultural reserve land which is in the long run a benefit to all. The costs should not solely be borne by individuals who happen to be sitting on lands designated an Agricultural reserve. The City should be able to buy agricultural land from willing landowners who wish to sell their property. These lands could be banked for future generations of agriculturists or leased to people who want to farm the land now.
E-I do not know what the minimum percentage would be. I would like to see more local vendors but I would be concerned of the viability of the Market if there is not a sufficient number of local vendors and with a sufficient variety of items and produce available for sale.

Steve Ripley

Mila Wong

A-I have not read this Plan but I would support any Plan for access to affordable food.
B-I have not read this. So I cannot comment but I would support the procurement plan that observes the provincial procurement guidelines.
C-Yes! Community gardens, the city can afford to designate areas for these.
E-Why did we have this Farmers Market where taxpayers spent a great amount of money?
Was this to provide a venue for non-locals to sell their produce and goods?
I will only support local vendors. Don’t forget we have many local grocery stores here also, why bring non-local vendors here? Let their communities do that for them using their community taxes.


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