A Food Policy for Canada
The Government of Canada is working on A Food Policy for Canada, an initiative that will set a long-term vision for the health, environmental, social and economic goals related to food.
It also aims to address issues related to the production, processing, distribution, and consumption of food.
The Canada Pork Council is one of 53 members of the Ad Hoc Working Group for Food Policy Governance who are underlining the importance of strong governance for A Food Policy for Canada and a National Food Policy Council.
In its December 2017 letter to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay, the Ad Hoc Working Group for Food Policy Governance supports the creation of a National Food Policy Council which would convene actors from across the food system to provide consistent monitoring, well-researched advice, and broad stakeholder support for A Food Policy for Canada.
The Ad Hoc Working Group on Food Policy Governance also released "The Case for a National Food Policy Council" which focuses on the mandate of the National Food Policy Council, the context for food policy decision-making, recommendations for improving the food policy, governance and long-term options.
The Ad Hoc Working Group on Food Policy recommends:
- The creation of a National Food Policy Council
- The implementation of four short-term recommendations to improve food policy governance in Canada
- The consideration of longer-term options for institutional support of food policy governance.