Food is at the crux of most of the crucial issues of our time. Producing and consuming food in ways that are good for the environment and human health should be a focus of any government today. But traditionally it has not been. Like many other jurisdictions, Canada has had agriculture policies and nutrition policies -- but not policies to co-ordinate the entire complex food system to make sure all Canadians are fed and that no-one is going hungry, to save and value farmland, to produce food ecologically without excessive use of fresh water and chemicals, and to encourage healthy consumption.
With a new Liberal government in office, now is the time. And for a proper food policy, we need a national Food Policy Council, as professor Rod MacRae argues. Dr. MacRae is one of Canada's most knowledgeable speakers, writers and educators on the topic of food policy. Here is his latest blog post on this topic.