The government of Canada is developing a new food policy. The goal is to create a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food and agriculture. They also plan to identify critical issues to be dealt with in the short-term.
What is a food policy?
As stated by the Government of Canada’s Food Policy web page, “A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food. A Food Policy for Canada will cover all food sources, including primary agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, and processing.”
What does the food policy cover?
The four interconnected themes that the federal government is addressing include:
- increasing access to affordable food
- improving health and food safety
- conserving our soil, water, and air
- growing more high-quality food
Who has a say?
Citizens from across the country are being asked to provide their feedback on the above issues. Everyone from the general public to farmers, processors, retailers, consumers, academia, non-government organizations, and government are being asked to voice their opinion.
Over 30,000 Canadians have already voiced their opinion! To have your say, visit the government of Canada’s Food Policy web page to take their online survey. The deadline to complete the survey is August 31, 2017.
Food Secure Canada and Food: Locally Embedded, Globally Engaged (FLEdGE) have collaborated to develop a robust review of Canada’s Food Policy issues, entitled Mapping the Food Policy Landscape is Canada. The research project presents discussion papers, policy table summaries, and policy maps for each of the following six areas of food policy:
- Sustainable Agriculture
- School Food
- Local and Sustainable Food Systems
- New Farmers
- Indigenous and Northern Food Sovereignty
- Food (In)Security
Food Secure Canada has also developed recommendations for Canada’s food policy, which they are calling Five Big Ideas for a Better Food System.