On December 21, 2016, City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler signed the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, joining seven other U.S. cities—Baltimore, Chicago, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and West Sacramento—plus 138 cities from all over the world representing more than 470 million inhabitants, in pledging their commitment to developing sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse. Austin is already making headway on planning and implementation for this locally, and Edible Austin will be following and reporting on the City of Austin’s progress over the coming years.
The following is the letter that Mayor Adler signed:
Gathering in Milano on the occasion of the Milan Expo “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” we hereby state: BY SIGNING THE MILAN URBAN FOOD POLICY PACT, WE, THE MAYORS AND REPRESENTATIVES OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, COMMIT TO THE FOLLOWING:
1. We will work to develop sustainable food systems that are inclusive, resilient, safe and diverse, that provide healthy and affordable food to all people in a human rights-based framework, that minimize waste and conserve biodiversity while adapting to and mitigating impacts of climate change;
2. We will encourage interdepartmental and cross-sector coordination at municipal and community levels, working to integrate urban food policy considerations into social, economic and environment policies, programs and initiatives, such as food supply and distribution, social protection, nutrition, equity, food production, education, food safety and waste reduction;
3. We will seek coherence between municipal food-related policies and programs and relevant subnational, national, regional and international policies and processes;
4. We will engage all sectors within the food system (including neighboring authorities, technical and academic organizations, civil society, small scale producers, and the private sector) in the formulation, implementation and assessment of all food-related policies, programs and initiatives;
5. We will review and amend existing urban policies, plans and regulations in order to encourage the establishment of equitable, resilient and sustainable food systems;
6. We will use the Framework for Action as a starting point for each city to address the development of their own urban food system and we will share developments with participating cities and our national governments and international agencies when appropriate;
7. We will encourage other cities to join our food policy actions.