The Canadian People’s Food Policy
Elections: A Time for Good Food Citizenship!
If you’re like a lot of Canadians, you’ve been concerned about our food. Our grocery bills have been rising. Nutrition, obesity, and our kids’ health have become national issues. Close to 2.5 million Canadians have trouble putting food on the table. More people are asking questions about how our food is produced, where it comes from, and its impact on our health and the environment.
That’s why the People’s Food Policy Project (PFPP) set out across the country about two years ago, talking to Canadians and gathering research about what kind of food system we want – and the kind of food system we’re helping create through our daily food choices. USC Canada has been part of this Canada-wide conversation from the start. On April 18th, we will present the People’s Food Policy recommendations. It promises a striking new vision and direction for agriculture and food for all Canadians.
Why does USC Canada think this is important?
Because concerns about food mirrored around the planet and are symptoms of the growing faults of a global food system. Whether in Canada, Mali, Nepal, or Bolivia, people are facing unstable prices and farm incomes, hunger, poor health, and endangered ecosystems. And what Canadians do at home – in our policies and in our consumption habits – has impacts on climate, trade patterns, and food security around the world.
In just a few weeks, Canadians will be going to the polls to cast our votes. Right now is a very good time to meet your candidates and find out what kinds of food policies they think would best address the issues we face in the food system. We’re encouraging you to be a good food citizen, get informed, and cast your vote.
You can watch the national Agriculture Leaders’ debate that took place Monday April 11th in Ottawa. The Canadian Federation of Agriculture has posted a two hour video of that event.
We also encourage you to take a look at PFPP’s website and election tips to help you get up to speed on important food issues, if you want to get more involved.
Director, Policy and Campaigns
USC Canada supports vibrant family farms, strong rural communities, and healthy ecosystems around the world, working with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America. USC Canada acknowledges the generous support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).