On the second day of panels at the Progress Summit I opted to spend my lunch hour with the people from Food Secure Canada.
I missed Food Secure’s session last year but it’s a topic I’m interested in, especially after I learned more about it in a course I took on the politics of food, and also because I’ve followed the problems with Nutrition North closely.
Each table had a theme and each table was trying to fit that theme into this idea of a federal food policy. There was success in making food security an issue, but now we want the government to do more. It was a very interesting discussion because my table had academics and non-academics, including an organic farmer.
As the conversation got started, my first question was pretty simple, I thought: What does a food policy mean, what does that looking like. If all you do was approach a minister and say “we want your government to do something about food security,” that response will likely be “okay, what?”
You cannot go to the government and say that you want them to create a policy about x issue. The government deals with concretes, ministers need specifics. You tell them we need a policy around X issue and this is what you need to do.
If you approach it like that it’s much more likely that you will get something, though possibly not what you had intended.