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 are being advanced by many
sectors, including the majority of 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.