Ottawa surveying Canadians on food issues
By Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The federal government is encouraging Canadians to share their input to help shape A Food Policy for Canada – a move it calls an "important step in tackling the opportunities and challenges of Canada’s food system."
An online survey is now open at www.canada.ca/food-policy, where Canadians can submit input that will be used to build a food policy that explores four themes: increasing access to affordable food; improving health and food safety; conserving soil, water and air; and growing more high-quality food.
Understanding Canadians’ priorities when it comes to food issues will help the federal government to develop the vision, principles and objectives for a food policy and identify actions to take in the near term.
“For a food policy to work it needs to reflect the priorities and opinions of Canadians. By bringing together a wide range of experiences and viewpoints we can build A Food Policy for Canada that will allow us to move in the same direction, with the same goals in mind, on the vital issues surrounding food,” said Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, in a press release announcing the consultations.
The online survey is the first of a number of consultation activities planned to engage with a wide range of Canadians. The federal government will also be hosting A Food Policy for Canada Summit in Ottawa on June 22 and 23. The summit is designed to provide a space for stakeholders, experts and key policy makers to share their views on A Food Policy for Canada.
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.
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