Eat Think Vote campaign

The Eat Think Vote campaign has come to an end. Let's continue our efforts!

Eat Think Vote was a national campaign organized by Food Secure Canada during federal election 2015 to bring voices for change about the Canadian food systems.

We are so unbelievably grateful for everything Canadians did to make the Eat Think Vote campaign a huge success! The numbers really speak for themselves as to what we accomplished together.

From Iqaluit to Quebec City, Vancouver to Halifax we worked together as one to tell our politicians that ‘good food for all’ does matter to voters.

Food Secure Canada is delighted that Prime Minister Trudeau has made the mandate letters of Ministers public. We are particularly pleased with the language in the mandate letter sent to the Honourable Laurence MacAuley, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, who is instructed to:

"Develop a food policy that promotes healthy living and safe food by putting more healthy, high-quality food, produced by Canadian ranchers and farmers, on the tables of families across the country"

Food Secure Canada distributed a questionnaire to the five main political parties in September on the issues in our Eat Think Vote campaign. The Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Green Party responded to our questionnaire, the Conservatives did not. Some additional information was extracted from their political platforms.

 

The numbers speak for themselves: 68 Eat Think Vote events across Canada, 164 candidates attended, 4461 participants, and millions reached through radio, television, newspapers and social media. We are so unbelievably grateful for everything Canadians did to make the Eat Think Vote campaign a huge success. 

It’s all a bit thrilling to see the doors of the Canadian government opening again, and a progressive and diverse Cabinet, with doctors, social workers, and human rights advocates, with science and climate change so front and centre, with so many women who are deeply familiar with the realities of poverty, with such a commitment to youth and real change, not to mention two Indigenous Cabinet Ministers, one who is in charge of the law of the land.

Food Secure Canada is delighted that Prime Minister Trudeau has made the mandate letters of Ministers public and we have quickly reviewed those that are related to food.  We are particularly pleased with the language in the mandate letter sent to the Honourable Laurence MacAuley, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

We are calling for a bold new national food policy based on the goals of zero hunger, healthy and safe food, and a more sustainable food system.

To ensure that all Canadians have the right to food, we must set an income floor beneath which no Canadian can fall. 

All kids in Canada deserve healthy food every day in school. Canada remains one of the few industrialized countries without a national school food program.

Affordable food in Canada’s remote and northern communities will require food sovereignty.

Agriculture in Canada is facing a succession crisis. We need to support the next generation of sustainable farmers selling to local markets.