Q2 Green

This is a critical piece of building a resilient community. Events half a world away can have measurable impacts on our food supply in Canada. Transportation adds to the carbon footprint of the food itself. It only makes sense to grow close to where the food will be consumed.

Transforming agriculture in many cases means rolling back some of the current regulations that favor industrial scale producers over local farmers. Changing this will require cooperation with the provinces, as much of the current restrictive legislation falls within their sphere of responsibility.

Part of the transformation of our system needs to be social. People can do this now. Volunteering at community gardens, building neighborhood barter networks, and supporting local producers via CSA box programs or at the farmer's market, are happening now. Working locally with all involved is an expectation that I have of my MP and I would certainly do my best to advocate [for] and support a transition to a stronger local food economy here in the North Okanagan-Shuswap if I were the person in that role.

Here is a direct quote from Vision Green:
"The Green Party approach to Canadian agriculture policies is clear: reduce the dependence on chemical inputs, rebuild and protect natural soil fertility, value quality produce and support local economies, reduce waste, increase the number of farm families, and invest in climate adaptation strategies for Canadian agriculture."