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Election 2019

Eat, think, vote: making food a key election issue 

By Gisèle Yasmeen and Anna Paskal      

Interest in where food comes from and what’s in it, and concern for the impact of the dominant food system on health, equity and the future of the planet have never been higher.

A key message to get across to our candidates is that our current food system is broken, and in urgent need of transformation. It is unacceptable that in a country as wealthy as Canada, one in six children live with regular food insecurity, and one in eight households struggle regularly to put food on the table, write Gisèle Yasmeen and Anna Paskal. Photograph courtesy of Pexels

As we head to the polls, there is one issue that touches every person living in Canada, from coast to coast to coast. Food. Food nourishes us, brings us together, and connects us with our cultures and traditions. It structures our days, and our economies. Food touches every one of us intimately, and the food system both creates and reflects many problems in our society. It also presents widespread opportunities for positive change. In this election, it will be important for Canadians to eat, think, vote—making sure food issues are debated and discussed throughout the writ period, and prioritized by any new government.

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