The goal of permanently protecting Ontario’s Greenbelt is central to the vision articulated in the Greenbelt Plan.This report documents the experience of greenbelts around the globe and identifies lessons applicable to ensuring the permanence of Ontario’s Greenbelt, which this year achieves a five-year milestone. [The eleventh installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.]
"Ontario's Greenbelt in an International Context" authored by Maureen Carter-Whitney
George Morris Centre Study – 3.41 MB
The agri-food industry is becoming increasingly competitive and global. Simultaneously, changing attitudes toward the environment, health and wellness, as well as viewing food as an experience rather than simply sustenance, are motivating consumers to reconnect with the source of the food they choose to consume, in order to verify its authenticity and overall value. A result of this trend is consumers’ increasing interest in local food.
World Foods Local Production – 166 KB
This report was prepared by a team of four graduate students in the planning program at the University of Toronto. It was undertaken as part of the requirements for the Workshop in Planning Practice course during the Fall 2008 term. The report was edited by Ellise Goarley at the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation in 2009.
Holland Marsh is one of two "Specialty Crop Areas in Ontario" and a recognized producer of a significant percentage of the vegetables grown in the province. This paper looks at the land base and agricultural profile of the Marsh, which then forms an economic analysis to calculate the financial contribution that primary production in the Marsh makes to the provincial economy annually. [The tenth installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.]
"Holland Marsh Agricultural Impact Study" authored by Planscape Incorporated and Regional Analytics.
Greening the Economy: Economic Stimuli and the Opportunity for Restructuring for Sustainability in Canada
The economy represents both risks and opportunities in terms of advancing environmental sustainability. This paper looks at the current economic situation and its effects on the Canadian environment . [The eighth installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.] "Greening the Economy: Economic Stimuli and the Opportunity for Restructuring for Sustainability in Canada" by Mark S. Winfield, Assistant Professor for the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.
The focus of this report is on legal, regulatory, and institutional barriers identified through interviews with producers and other stakeholders who are currently participating in, and have knowledge of, the Greenbelt local food economy and supply chains.
This study should be considered a preliminary and coarse-scale natural capital account for the Greenbelt. It is a first step towards a more comprehensive accounting of natural capital assets in the Greenbelt that provides a framework for similar studies across Canada. More Canadian research is needed to determine a full range of ecosystem service values relevant to Canadian eco-zones and land cover types.
Food Connects Us All – 794 KB
An exciting new research paper on local food in southern Ontario was just released by the Metcalf Foundation.
Food Connects Us All: Sustainable Local Food in Southern Ontario is now available for download. This paper aims to contribute to a broader understanding of food system dynamics in this province. It is intended as a backdrop for discussions on how Ontario could move toward a truly local sustainable food system through collaboration and the identification of key leverage points for food system change.
July 2007 Fifty-four per cent of Canada’s visible minority population resides in Ontario. This study explores the barriers that exist for ethnic farmers and interested young farmers to work the land, and to develop market opportunities for farmers in the Greenbelt. [The third installment in the Occasional Paper Series presented by theFriends of the Greenbelt Foundation.] "Planting the First Seed: Creating Opportunities for Ethnic and Young Farmers in the Greenbelt" by Stew Hilts, Peter Mitchell, Jennifer Asselin and Burkhard Mausberg.