Writing for Foodlink Waterloo Region, Margo McIntosh had this to say:
The October 6th provincial election is fast approaching here in Ontario. Elections are great times to further a cause and to that end Sustain Ontario has developed an initiative called Vote ON Food & Farming. This is a very important topic these days. Most people do not realize that we have no food policy and food and farming has not been a hot topic in political campaigns in the past. The times they are a changing and it is time for us to step forward and encourage our government to hear us when we voice concern over the state of our food system and our farms.
Sustain Ontario has just released a website, http://voteonfood.ca, where you will find everything you need to know to make your voice heard. There is pledge to sign that will go to your local candidates, a link to the four party platforms, explanation about why we need to take part in this and a link to election news with some interesting articles. There is also a food quiz, good food ideas and some videos of real people talking about why they are choosing to Vote ON Food and Farming.
The top 5 reasons for making sure your politicians know that you will be voting on food and farming this year and in the future are listed at this link http://voteonfood.ca/why-in-ontario. Please take the time to read them. You might be surprised as some of the information you will learn.
At this link you will find questions for your candidates. http://voteonfood.ca/take-action/questions-for-your-candidate We also have printed cards with shortened questions on the back that can be taken to meetings with candidates to remind you of what you might want to ask. There are people in different areas of Ontario who have these cards. You can contact me by e-mail at email@example.com and I will get one to you if you are in the Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge area. I can also send you a PDF of the card.
It is highly recommended that you ask some of these questions of your candidates either at an all candidates meeting, in person, by writing a personal letter, by e-mail or by telephone. I was told once that in politics a personal letter signed and delivered and then followed up with a phone call will be taken much more seriously than e-mail so that is what I am choosing to do. Please consider choosing any of these methods to ask these questions. Our food system in Ontario could be much better. Our local food system and our farmers need us to speak up to ensure that we always have access to healthy local food. Take action now and on October 6th I hope you consider food and farming in your vote.
Margo McIntosh, RHN, RNCP
Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner