A recipe for food policy change

In the seven years, I’ve been involved with the Food Action Committee (first as a volunteer, then as staff), the work has been a wild and crazy mix of researching where our food comes from, giving educational presentations, conducting cooking workshops, letter writing, grant writing, media outreach, making pickles, working with volunteers, organizing movie nights, visiting root cellars, and more. Every day is different.

I wanted to give you a taste of the policy side of food work. STOP. Don’t click away, I promise it won’t be dull!

So, here’s the question: What do you want to see in a National Food Policy?

This is the question over a thousand people across the country have been engaged in through the People’s Food Policy Project.

About a year and a half ago, people across the country held kitchen table talks to gather ideas of policies that they would like to see to support healthy, sustainable, accessible food systems. Ten teams of policy writers then compiled these ideas into 10 policy papers. And now, we’re taking the draft policy papers out to communities to see what they think and also to collect stories of how food policy affects real people on a day to day basis.

The ten papers cover the following topics:
* 1 – Indigenous Food Sovereignty
* 2 – Food Sovereignty in Rural and Remote Communities
* 3 – Access to Food in Urban Communities
* 4 – Agriculture, Infrastructure, and Livelihoods
* 5 – A Sustainable Fishery and Reasonable Livelihood for Fishers
* 6 – Environment and Agriculture
* 7- Science and Technology for Food and Agriculture
* 8 – Food Trade and International Aid
* 9 – Healthy and Safe Food for All: Towards a National Food Policy
* 10- Food Democracy and Governance

Even if you can’t make it to a kitchen table discussion, you can still join in on the discussion online.

For more information about the project, visit: http://peoplesfoodpolicy.ca

Yours in food (policy),

Marla

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3 thoughts on “A recipe for food policy change

  1. When and where are these kitchen table discussions to be held in Halifax/Dartmouth? How does one participate in these? Is there a schedule for each of the 10 paper topics? More details please. Thanks.

  2. Hi Natalie,

    I think the dates have passed for the three Kitchen Table Talks in Halifax that I knew about. However, you can post comments online, and all of the comments will be passed on to the chapter editors. And if there’s anything you’d like to discuss or if you have any questions, you can call me at the office at 902-442-1077.

    -Marla

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