Big Rock Brewery Income Trust

Big Rock Brewery Income Trust

Calgary Food Policy Council

Calgary Food Policy Council

September 29, 2009 12:24 ET

October 16, 2009: The First Calgary Food Summit (CFS) to Be Held at Big Rock Brewery

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - Big Rock Brewery Income Trust (TSX:BR.UN) and The Calgary Food Policy Council will host the groundbreaking Calgary Food Summit (CFS) on October 16, 2009 (this date also marks World Food Day). The CFS is an inclusive opportunity for all those actively involved and working towards improving our local and regional food system.

The objective of the CFS -- the first event of this type for Calgary -- is to discuss progressive policy that will create and build an enhanced agricultural landscape in Calgary (including food security, food justice, food efficiency, urban agriculture, community gardens, sustainable agriculture and local food systems).

Currently, most initiatives like this one are conducted on an independent basis. Bringing all participants in our food system together in one room is an ideal way for our communities to celebrate World Food Day. The timing for this type of local convergence is fantastic. We are on the heels of an amazing summer and the annual harvest season. Coupled with the unparalleled growth, awareness and development of the sustainable food movement in North America this event is sure to start intriguing conversation.

Food Security: The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life". Commonly, the concept of Food Security is defined as including both physical and economic access to food that meets people's dietary needs as well as their food preferences.

Food Justice: Conceptually this means everyone has access to food as a basic human right. Food Justice strives to ensure that (globally) enough food is produced to feed the world's population at an adequate level. The basic goal of Food Justice is to ensure no one lives without enough food because of economic constraints or social inequality. The core of the Food Justice movement is the belief that what is lacking is not food, but the political will to fairly distribute food regardless of the recipient's ability to pay.

Food Democracy: Ensuring that food and farming systems at all levels are accountable to people, responsible to communities, the environment and that they are socially just.

Big Rock Brewery is very proud of its long-standing relationship with Western Canadian farmers. By opening the brewery doors and hosting the CFS event they show continued support for local farming and food systems - something that is near and dear to their heart.

This event is open to all Calgarians although the event is structured and content was developed for those actively involved with local food-based initiatives. To register please visit

About Big Rock Brewery

Big Rock Brewery - headquartered in Calgary, Alberta - produces premium, all-natural craft beers. As Canada's leading craft brewer Big Rock boasts a family of eleven exceptional ales and lagers (including their newest brew Big Rock Light Lime Lager), Rock Creek dry apple cider, as well as an ongoing selection of seasonal beers. Big Rock products are sold in nine provinces and three territories in Canada, and oddly enough, are also available in Korea.

For more information on Big Rock Brewery please visit

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