Thursday, October 27, 2011

If You Happen to Eat Food...

"Canada urgently needs a national food policy. Close to two and a half million Canadians are food insecure. Farmers and fishers are going out of business, our natural environment is being pushed to the limit, a quarter of Canadians are considered obese, and we are the only G8 country without a nationally-funded school meal program. The status quo is no longer an option.
The need for change is widely recognized and plans to develop national food policies or strategies are being advanced by many sectors, including all five federal political parties and influential industry groups. The People’s Food Policy is significantly different from these initiatives. It is the first-ever national food policy to be developed by the food movement itself – a diverse and dynamic network of organizations and individuals working to build a healthy, ecological and just food system for Canada.
The People’s Food Policy embodies a wave of concern, interest and action by citizens who are increasingly questioning how our current food system is organized. From connecting directly with food producers, to reclaiming indigenous food systems, to setting up food policy councils, people across Canada are taking actions daily that are transforming our food system from the ground up. These actions need to be translated into policy." - People's Food Policy Project
Read the entire document here. It's simply brilliant, even if you're not Canadian.


  1. It's a lovely idea, but do we really want the government making school lunches? That is NOT thing that should be on the list for those of us who really care about what goes in our bodies!

  2. Yes, I don't want the government feeding me or my children either and, gratefully, we are not in a situation to have to depend on that meal as our one and only meal of the day as many people in our society must. So, for those children, I implore the daycares, schools, hospitals, etc. to feed them real food.

    An otherwise small point in an incredible document, I think. Don't you?