NCA Food Security Policy Statement

Introduction

The National Citizens Alliance (NCA) believes that Canadian and international agricultural are in a crisis of sustainability by agricultural being pursued for profit at the expense of the overall public good, resulting in threatened ecosystems, low quality food production, potentially harmful foods, and reduction in quality of life of Canadians. Past and current federal governments have contributed to these outcomes by not adequately encouraging sustainable agricultural practices.

The NCA accepts that the free market is imperfect, and that government regulation when used prudently is necessary to protect the Canadian people. By the same token, excessive regulation on the free market will unnecessarily harm the Canadian people and businesses.

The NCA supports Canadians’ right to safe and healthy food, and accessible and affordable safe and healthy food. The NCA believes that Canadians’ health and well-being should at all times come before commercial and special interests. The NCA supports private sector tax incentives to encourage sustainable commercial agricultural production that is safe and healthy for Canadians to consume.

Note, Health Canada through the Food and Drugs Act is responsible for food safety, public health, and nutrition.

The National Citizens Alliance supports the following:

● A timely phasing out (5-8 years, sooner if viable) and ban on the production, sale, and import of all GMO crops, livestock feed, and food products

● Establish public safety guidelines on toxins in the food system including bans on hormones, slaughterhouse waste products, antibodies, herbicides, insecticides,  and pesticides in the food system

● Require food labeling to include “IMPORTED BY” or “MANUFACTURED FOR” information

● Encourage voluntary food labeling to include whether or not hormones, antibiotics, herbicides, pesticides, and/or insecticides including systemic insecticides have been used at any point in the agricultural process

● Ban the use of the chemical known as glyphosphate on crops

● Encourage voluntary food labeling to include whether food is a product of monoculture farming or polyculture farming practices

● Review the standards for organic certification to ensure that they are consistent with the term organic

● Provide tax incentives to farmers to continue or adopt polyculture production of agricultural as opposed to monoculture production

● Support initiatives that reclaim land for agricultural use and support/encourage development settlements around farms that have inclusive production and vertical farming

● Support scientific testing of cross pollination to determine the extent of the problem in Canada, coupled with surveys of Canadian farmers in regard to cross pollination

● Support seeds as a public resource under Agriculture Canada; the NCA rejects any individual or organizational ownership over seeds themselves including their genetic make up; within these bounds, the NCA supports the private sale of seeds

● Take a serious look at geoengineering and its impact on the environment, wildlife, and the health of the Canadian people; provide transparency to the Canadian people on the extent of geoengineering in Canada and its impact on the Canadian people

● Create an online portal for public input and discussion on food security and safety

● Support the subsidization of essential foods, including production of these foods, to ensure that these foods are accessible and affordable to all Canadians

Conclusion

The National Citizens Alliance believes that the food Canadians consume is a critical aspect of their health and well-being. Also, the NCA believes that Canadians have a right to be informed as fully as possible about the food they purchase and consume. In addition, the NCA believes that Canadians health and well-being overrides commercial and special interests. Therefore, the NCA is committed to ensuring that Canadians have safe and healthy food, which is accessible and affordable. The NCA will work with any other party that shares its vision of Canadian food security.

Created: 2014-08-16; last updated: 2018-05-17

The NCA membership voted on 2014-08-14/15/16. 100 percent of voting membership voted in favour of the Food Security Policy Statement with a 83.3 percent quorum. These results satisfy the minimum 70 percent voting membership support and 50 percent quorum of voting membership required for adoption of policies as per the NCA Constitution.

The NCA welcomes feedback on its policies. Please send policy feedback to info@nationalcitizensalliance.ca

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