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e-2455 (Food and drink)

Initiated by Tina Smith Brooks from Rigaud, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • By 2050 natural resource consumption of food, water, energy and materials will increase by 40 to 70%, negatively impacting biodiversity and the environment;
  • A transition to innovative, low-input organic agriculture systems is more sustainable and maximizes a positive impact on climate change;
  • Organic production promotes soil health making it more efficient and reversing the deleterious effects of agriculture;
  • Environmental and public health benefits, and economic opportunities are created to fulfill important Government of Canada objectives;
  • A transition to organic farming contributes to a more sustainable food system and naturally allows implementation of sustainable management of other resources, crown lands and waterways;
  • Organic farms, old-growth forests, and grasslands remove carbon from the atmosphere and must be aggressively protected and promoted.
  • Canada is lagging behind our allies, such as Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Switzerland, who've adopted quantitative targets of between 10 and 50% organics by 2050;
  • National organic action plans reduce dependency on broadleaf herbicides, pesticides and surfactants, reversing negative effects on the environment and biodiversity;
  • Converting to organics guarantees Canada access to export markets and opens new ones.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Implement quantifiable targets to transition to organics;
2. Offer education and financial support to Canadians to increase organic agriculture and food processing, giving all Canadians better access; and
3. Require government buildings to purchase organics and protect Canadians health from the dangers of conventional farming processes while healing the environment.
Open for signature
April 24, 2020, at 9:55 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 22, 2020, at 9:55 a.m. (EDT)
Photo - Peter Schiefke
Liberal Caucus
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