A Food Policy for Canada

A Food Policy for Canada

A Food Policy for Canada

Food matters. The decisions we make as individuals and as a country about food have a direct impact on our health, environment, economy, and communities. Working together, we can put more safe and healthy food on tables across the country, while protecting the environment.

What is a food policy?

A Food Policy for Canada will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social, and economic goals related to food, while identifying actions we can take in the short-term.

A food policy is a way to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.

What areas could the food policy cover?

In order to make healthy eating choices, Canadians depend on sufficient access to safe and healthy food, and require information to make healthy food choices. In turn, having a reliable supply of safe and healthy food depends on maintaining Canada’s natural resources in a way that supports and grows our agriculture and food sector.

The federal government consulted Canadians on four closely connected themes that capture a wide range of food-related issues:

  • Food security
  • Health and food safety
  • Environment
  • Economic growth

Why is collaboration important?

There are many actors in Canada’s food system, including farmers, processors, retailers, consumers, non-governmental organizations working on food issues, and federal, provincial, territorial, regional, local, and Indigenous governments.

Collaboration that brings together a variety of experiences and perspectives is critical to the success of developing and implementing A Food Policy for Canada.

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