Is Orillia Ready for a Local Food Policy?

On Tuesday May 19, from 2-3:30pm at the Orillia Public Library, community leaders will gather to discuss the importance of a local food policy, and discuss the how and why such a food policy could be established.


The panel will be moderated by Dr. Doug West, a professor in Lakehead Orillia’s Departments of Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. West’s research interests include Canadian political ideas, with a focus on the politics of local food movements.

What exactly is a local food policy and how could it make an impact on your community?

Local food procurement policies encourage governments, libraries, schools, hospitals, and other institutions to purchase food primarily from local suppliers when possible. By purchasing from local suppliers, institutions can help support local farmers and food suppliers in the community, and can also help to build a more secure local food system.

There are plenty of benefits to implementing this kind of policy, and this ‘In Conversation’ event hopes to raise awareness of the importance of local food procurement policies and to pioneer a change in attitude toward local food procurement.

For more information, or to register to attend this free event, please visit