Sunday, May 20, 2012

Food Score. How does your community rank?

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Food Score helps communities assess their food security & food liberty.

A simple, weighted scoring system allows for basic analysis & assessment of the resilience and potential of your community and your local food system.

1. Has your community conducted a land inventory? 100pts
2. Does your community have progressive & streamlined Urban Ag Zoning? 150 pts
3. Does your community allow garden gate sales? 80 pts
4. Does your community have a community garden with more than 50 plots? 10 pts for each garden
5. Does your community have a Community Farm? 80 pts for each Community Farm
6. Does your community have a Food Policy Council? 100 pts
7. Has your community committed a comparable area of land to Urban Ag as it does golfing? 100 pts
8. Does you community understand the connection between poverty and food insecurity? 100 pts
9. Does your community embrace the concept of a robust local food system and allow small scale livestock such as goats & chickens? 100 pts
10. Does your community recognize and respect Article 25 of the UNHRD, "A Right to Food"? 200 pts
11. Does your community understand the difference between Food Elitism & Food Justice? 100pts
12. Does your community allow citizens access to unused/vacant land for growing food? 100 pts
13. Does your community encourage, facilitate & develop urban agricultural potential? 100pts
14. Does your local economic development office or committee support and promote the opportunities of Urban Ag? 100 pts
15. Does your community have a real, local food Farmer's Market? 75 pts for each Market
16. Do the elected officials of your community have a garden at your city hall or legislature? 100 pts

Baseline score total: 1430 pts
Variable scoring: add 10 pts for >50 plot CG, add 80 pts for CF, add 75 pts for FM
Calgary's score = 225/1555
Rank = Last place amongst 20 Canadian Cities.

1. Montreal
2. Vancouver
3. Toronto
4. Saskatoon
5. St John's
6. Charlottetown
7. Kelowna
8. Red Deer
9. Winnipeg
10. Edmonton
11. Victoria
12. Moncton
13. Halifax
14. Fredericton
15. Charlottetown
16. Regina
17. Whitehorse
18. Ottawa
19. Yellowknife
20. Calgary