Signed by Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval, the City of Cincinnati recently joined the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP) to reduce food waste and create a more sustainable food system. MUFPP is an international agreement "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."
“Signing the international Milan Urban Food Policy Pact is an important step for the city and the region, bringing us into a network of global leaders in food systems,” said Cincinnati Mayor Pureval. “Through it, we publicly commit to what we’ve always known: we can ensure the health and wellbeing of Cincinnati’s economy, our environment, and our citizens if we work together across sectors, aligned around common goals that benefit all of us. We’re excited to continue work with partners like the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council and other organizations to implement actions set out in the Pact, starting with our focus area of food waste.”
The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact consists of multiple tracks of interest within food systems. Cincinnati will focus on furthering the food waste reduction work they have seeded through participation in NRDC's Food Matters Regional Initiative. These are their goals:
- Developing of the Cincinnati Community Composting Collaborative as part of the USDA Community Composting and Food Waste Reduction grant;
- Continuing their ongoing partnership with Hamilton County Resource’s to advance shared food waste reduction goals, including dissemination of Hamilton County’s Wasted Food Stops with Us campaign;
- Engaging health inspectors and food businesses to ramp up safe food donations.
MUFPP currently has 225 cities globally, including 15 U.S. cities, committed to developing more sustainable food systems. Through this pact, cities have the opportunity to share best practices, build partnerships, provide political and strategic support, and network with global experts in the area of food and sustainability.
We look forward to continuing to partner with MUFPP Food Matters participants, Cincinnati and Hamilton County, to reduce wasted food and help build a more resilient and inclusive food system.
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