Photo: Day 9: Talk policy at the kitchen table

What we see on grocery store shelves is largely dependent on our local, provincial, and national food policies and regulations (Credit: Jeff Keen via Flickr)

Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table

Choices about what you eat can make as big a difference for the environment as how you get around. Before reaching for your favorite comfort food this Thanksgiving, join the David Suzuki Foundation for our 11-day challenge, Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table. Starting Oct. 5th, you could win an awesome prize just by sharing your story on Facebook. Plus you'll get helpful eco-advice from me, the Queen of Green.

Answer the daily Facebook question by adding your comment. Don't have a comment to share? Check out the others and vote for your favourite. We're giving out fabulous prizes for the comment with the most "Likes".

The planet doesn't need another fad diet. But how much do you know about where your food comes and the type of impact it's having on the planet? What are you doing to eat more sustainably?

Foodprint: Saving the planet from your kitchen table

It's Day 9 of Foodprint and over the past eight days we've talked about your personal food policy (like Day 1: protecting the bees, Day 3: organic food, Day 4: sustainable restaurants, and more). But what about a national food policy?

Big changes are needed at a high level to support our individual choices. Well, this week the People's Food Policy Project (PFPP) would like to hear from you. They're part of a food movement across Canada that has a goal to create a food sovereignty policy.

What does that mean?

Through conversations with Canadians, the PFPP found that we want to know where our food comes from, what goes into our food, and the effects of production and processing on our health and the environment.

This week the People's Food Policy Project (and the David Suzuki Foundation) would like to hear from you:

  1. Host your own discussion this week during national week of Kitchen Table Talks, through to October 17.
  2. Find a Kitchen Table Talk in your city and province.
  3. Join us on Facebook and tell us what policy or regulation changes you support?

For example, Canada could adopt food polices and regulations where:

  • A hierarchy existed of the most local to least local food.
  • Country-of-origin labelling was very clear and detailed.
  • Distribution systems were redesigned to minimize energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and waste.
  • Agricultural land most suitable for food production was protected from urban and commercial development.
  • Evaluation of the environmental, social and economic costs of commodity foods were clear to the customer.

Tell us what food policy or regulation you support. The Facebook comment with the most "likes" wins! Prizes up for grabs include a detox consultation with Joanna of Actual Organics, a Miessence skin care gift certificate and a FarmFolk/CityFolk wall calendar.

Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green

October 13, 2010

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Oct 13, 2010
6:40 PM

I am all for locally grown and produced foods. Not only does it support the local economy, you know where your food comes from and it holds (local) producers accountable for what they put out. You get a much higher quality product. Furthermore, the environment is impacted less, especially with regards to transportation. As part of my veterinary training I did in Europe, I spent a day at the Port of Rotterdam observing the import (procedures) for meat and meat products entering the European Union. I was absolutely shocked to learn about pork intestines from slaughter houses in the US being sent to China for cleaning and processing only to be shipped back to the EU to be made into sausage. How much fuel was wasted to make a single sausage? Only by knowing where our food comes from can WE make those decisions that steer policy. Labelling of all parts of a product is also very important and should be clear to consumers.

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