Most Canadians are not aware that Canada is the only G8 country without a comprehensive national food policy;
In a 2017 UNICEF report card, Canada ranked 37th of 41 wealthy countries, on the issue of food security—access to safe, nutritious, affordable and sufficient food;
This low ranking is shocking, given that Canada is one of few countries in the world that can comfortably feed its people and also export its food products;
While some areas of Canada are relatively food secure, others are faced with food insecurity, particularly among low-income families, homeless youth and northern indigenous communities;
The UNICEF report states that in 2012, 1.15 million Canadian children lived in households struggling to afford the food they need;
Most concerning was Nunavut, where 62% of children were in food-insecure households; and
Food insecurity affects learning and social functioning, and has impacts on mental and physical health, leading to increased costs for Canada’s health insurance and other social programs.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to act now to establish a Canada-wide food policy that would lead to secure access to safe, nutritious, affordable and sufficient food for all Canadians.
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