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Foodies Urged to Promote People's Food Policy

May 19, 2012 09:00 PM

Posted by Maggie Walker

Many countries today, including wealthy ones like Canada, find themselves struggling to feed their citizens. Last week Oliver deSchutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food criticized Canada for failing to deal adequately with poverty and hunger in the country, and called for a national food strategy to address it.

In light of this situation, Food Secure Canada is calling attention to the policy document it created over the last 2 years calling attention to hunger and other food issues in the country.  It is asking Canadians to remind their MPs of the policy by meeting with them this week to discuss it.

Titled Resetting the Table: A People's Food Policy for Canada, the policy document is rooted in the concept of food sovereignty, where food is viewed as a primary foundation for healthy lives, communities, economies and eco-systems.  The concept has five main elements:

  • Ensuring food is eaten from as close as possible (from its production)
  • Supporting food providers (farmers, community fisheries etc)
  • Creating a strong and binding federal initiative to eliminate poverty utilizing targets and timelines.
  • Creating a nationally funded food programing that ensures children have access to healthy food.
  • Encouraging and ensuring that the public are involved in the food policy system.

What is most appealing about this particular campaign is that it is not merely a set of recommendations set out by Canadian citizens. It is in fact a progressing set of objectives that are developed through participation of both communities and their local MPs.

The People's Food Policy was mailed to all MPs in the country between and May 6th and 16th. Constituents are encouraged to meet with their MP between May 21st and May 25th to call their attention to the Policy and urge them to advocate for its adoption. To find out who your MP is and how to contact him/her, click here.

Making changes to the way food sovereignty is dealt with in Canada may take time, but clearly, there are many interested people all over this country.

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