MASS LBP on National Food Strategy


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MASS LBP on National Food Strategy

  1. 1. Working towards a National Food StrategyWednesday, September 8, 2010
  2. 2. Food is now becoming an issue of concern and discussion domestically and internationally. There is growing recognition that food can significantly affect the long-term health status of Canadians.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  3. 3. • 1 million Canadians suffer from food borne illness and over $1 billion is needed each year to cover the costs • Increasing rates of obesity and chronic food-related diseases • Increasing strain on our health-care system • Climate change and population growth lead to food shortagesWednesday, September 8, 2010
  4. 4. We cannot respond to changes in the food system because we lack a unifying, adaptable, and useful national food strategy. Public awareness of this challenge is growing and Canadians have become more knowledgable about the food they eat and the impact it has on their lives.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  5. 5. Canadians want healthy, environmentally friendly, economical, and sustainable food.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  6. 6. The food sector is a vital part of the Canadian Economy. It employs 1 in 8 Canadians and accounts for 8.2% of total GDP. Our trade in agriculture products is a major source of export revenue.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  7. 7. Canadaʼs current food system is fragmented. We have varied bits of policy, programming, and regulations but nothing cohesive.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  8. 8. Creating a policy without a publicly supported mandate has relegated food strategy to the hinterland.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  9. 9. If its about what Canadians eat, then Canadians need to be consulted.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  10. 10. A public mandate created through thoughtful public consultation will set the foundation and the tone for policy development.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  11. 11. Is optimal nourishment of our nation or economic prosperity the highest purpose of a national food policy? Should agricultural production and distribution be a servant of such a purpose? Can we build a system with these goals in a way that is financially and environmentally sustainable?Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  12. 12. Food strategy and policy is complex. The are many questions and everyone has an opinion.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  13. 13. MASS LBP creates processes where citizens can learn and work together to use their reason and their judgement to create informed recommendations on behalf of others.Wednesday, September 8, 2010
  14. 14. When we start to define engagement as learning, we can redefine politics as learning. This is how we can engage the public to start things.Wednesday, September 8, 2010