June 26, 2017
While many people enjoy a bounty of delicious foods, over four million Canadians still suffer from food insecurity. This is not a temporary crisis, but a constant reality for many people living in poverty and in remote regions of the country.
For many indigenous people, malnourishment and limited access to clean water and traditional foods have reached extreme levels. At the same time, fishers, harvesters, farmers and food workers face the pressures of climate change coupled with seemingly insurmountable barriers to sustainable livelihoods.
To date, the government has not adequately supported those most in need nor enabled opportunities for communities to determine their own solutions. However, this could all be changing.
On May 29, Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay launched formal consultations to inform a Food Policy for Canada. To date, Canada has a range of policies that address trade, economic development, agriculture, health and several other issues that affect our food systems. While well intentioned, many of these policies work in isolation and in contradiction to each other, adding up to a dysfunctional food system.