Minneapolis joins Milan Urban Food Policy Pact

World cities support food security, equity, sustainability

The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Betsy Hodges approved a resolution today defending sustainable, equitable food systems by signing on to the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact. The international protocol engages world cities with strategic options for the development of food systems based on the principles of sustainability and social justice.

Almost 160 signatory cities from around the world include Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Chicago; New York; San Francisco; London; Johannesburg and Toronto.

The United States Conference of Mayors food policy advisors plan to adopt the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact as the framework guiding their actions, advocacy and peer learning.

The City of Minneapolis launched the citywide Homegrown Minneapolis initiative in 2008 to expand the community’s ability to grow, process, distribute, eat and compost more healthy, sustainable and locally grown food. The City established the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in 2011 to advise the mayor, City Council, and Park Board on food system-related opportunities and challenges.