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A People’s Food Policy, Our vision

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We have a vision of a food system where:

There is strong democratic control and participatory governance over our food system. Food and farming policy-making includes the active participation of a vibrant and politically engaged civil society. Sustainable farming, fishing and horticulture provide healthy food for all, while enhancing the environment, strengthening communities and supporting good livelihoods for farmers, food workers and fisherfolk.

Everybody, regardless of income, status or background, has secure access to enough good food at all times, without compromising on the wellbeing of people, the health of the environment and the ability of future generations to provide for themselves.

Land is recognised and valued as an essential resource for food and shelter and the basis for numerous social, cultural and spiritual practices. Land is no longer treated and traded as a commodity; instead, it is understood as a common good of the people.

We enjoy a healthy and thriving food system that supports the wellbeing, social welfare and economic stability of people working in it. Everybody earns a living wage and works in a safe environment, free from all forms of exploitation, discrimination and racism.

Resilience is at the heart of farming, fishing, processing and distribution. Our food systems works within the finite limits of our earth, protect and regenerate natural resources and communities, build soil, cool our planet and preserve our rich inheritance of agricultural biodiversity.

People’s values and perceptions have shifted to support a more democratic and diverse food system by building stronger links between farms, food workers, schools, adult education programmes and communities. This system provides for the intellectual and cultural needs of everyone, as well as their nutrition.

Food is still traded internationally but is not treated simply as a commodity ripe for speculation.

There are a diverse range of places where food can be purchased including farmers’ markets, community supported agriculture schemes, online distribution networks, and independent and community retail outlets. These markets provide nutritious, delicious and affordable food for everyone.

Justice, sustainability and resilience have been prioritised by the government, as an investment in the wellbeing and prosperity of our future generations. This is a food system which guarantees everybody’s right to food, that protects and regenerates our land, rivers and seas, and pays people fairly for the work they do.

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