Sharing the Table Manitoba is comprised of local food enthusiasts including food providers – such as hunters, fishers, farmers and chefs – eaters, activists, community organizers and researchers. We are interested in engaging all Manitobans – including our elected and public officials – in discussions on local food policy, regulation and the importance of community-based food systems.
Throughout history, communities have fed themselves by nurturing trusting relationships with one another – ensuring safe, healthy, and diverse foods. These relationships still exist today and can be transparent, trustworthy and reliable, and are central to building community.
We stand by and advocate for regulations and actions that uphold the vision of the Manitoba Food Charter. “A just and sustainable food system in Manitoba is rooted in healthy communities, where no one is hungry and everyone has access to nutritious food. It is an economically viable, diverse and ecologically sustainable system to grow, harvest, process, transport, and distribute food while minimizing waste.” (Manitoba Food Charter)
We stand by and advocate for regulations and actions that uphold food sovereignty – that is, “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” (La Via Campesina)
We stand by and advocate for regulations and actions that uphold the human right to food. “The right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear.” (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)