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GPC Agriculture and Food co-Advocates
- View The Green Food and Family Nutrition Plan in the official 2004 platform.
- Official Agriculture Policy of the Green Party of Canada, updated from 1988 to 1998.
The Goals of the Plan:
- Improve the security, the safety, and the nutritional value of our foods.
- Improve the dietary choices and the health of Canadians.
- Decrease the incidence of eating disorders and other food-related health problems.
- Reduce the environmental impact of our food supply in transportation and packaging.
The Green Food and Family Nutrition Plan will:
- Provide more education on nutrition, healthful diets and lifestyles in schools, community centres and the local media.
- Implement a National Food Labelling strategy to increase the amount of information available on food labels. Require the labelling of foods known to contain or probably containing genetically modified materials or extracts therefrom.
- Fund regional coordinators for food banks and help them integrate with local food growers and community groups. Invest in community volunteer projects and donor-supported programs.
- Provide nutrition support programs for children and families in all communities.
- Invest in community food processing and distribution, in-home food preparation, home and community gardens, community kitchens, and farmers' markets.
- Implement a universal "healthful lunch and snacks" program at primary and secondary schools.
- Work to an objective of 10% certified organic food production by the year 2010.
- Improve the safety of our food system with increased testing for quality and contaminants.
- Ban the sub-therapeutic use of agricultural antibiotics and the use of production hormones.
- Evolve Canadaâ€™s food choices to favour domestically produced foods, in-season produce, sprouted produce versus imported lettuce, etc.
- Approximately one third of schools have nutrition programs. Most Canadian programs rely on families to voluntarily assist with expenses. They are operated by volunteers and/or supllemented with funds from the local school board budgets. Snack programs are the most used by students, with lunch programs second and breakfast programs least.
- The United States has a national school nutrition program, and has documented significant congnitive improvement among children from low income famlies who participate in the program.
- Is agriculture making food less nutritious?
- Debate on the use of the word Organic in the agriculture plank, offer by Tom Manley.
- Financial impact of proposals.
- Current total commodity, food and feed expenditures in Canada to calculate GST impact.
- Total imports and exports of commodities and processed foods.
- Revenue impact of GST credit removal on farm inputs.
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Stakeholders and Advocates: