I’ve written in the past about the need for a national food policy. One that will meet the needs of all Canadians. I’m happy to say that the process to develop one has started.
At the end of May, Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced that the government was committed to creating a national food policy.
“Food plays a critical role in the health and well-being of Canadians, while also having a direct impact on our environment, economy, and communities. Developing this food policy is an exciting opportunity for Canadians to have their say about how government can help address those opportunities and challenges that exist in our food system.” MacAulay said in the announcement.
Food Secure Canada agrees. They’ve been advocating for a national food policy for years. What they’ve been lobbying for is a policy that will lead Canada to a more equitable, healthy and sustainable food system.
Canada’s new food policy will be shaped around four goals:
Increasing access to affordable food
Improving health and food safety
Conserving our soil, water, and air and
Growing more high-quality food.
There are challenges to developing a national food policy. It’s a complex issue, touching on agriculture and the environment, hunger, health and healthcare costs. But it can be done and I’m glad to see our Federal goverment is taking on the challenge.
As MacAulay said in his announcement, the government wants Canadians to have input into what they think is important. They’ve created an on-line survey to do just that. You have until July 27th to have your say.