Creating Jobs and Business Opportunities in the Food and Agriculture Sector

27 AUGUST 2014


(Saint John) Leader David Coon joined local candidates in front of the Saint John Ale House where he released the Green Party's platform on Local Food.

Coon says that the Green Party, if elected, would work to introduce a new Local Food Security Act that would:
• Set targets and establish timelines to help New Brunswick become self-reliant in locally-produced food;
• Engage provincial institutions including schools, hospitals, seniors homes, Crown agencies and government offices in building a provincial food economy; and
• Provide direction for a local food labeling program so consumers can easily identify food produced and processed in New Brunswick.
Full details will be provided in the Green Party's platform to be launched on September 3.

"Our commitment to local isn't just about food that tastes better and is better for you -- 'though it is. Building a new, local food economy builds New Brunswick's economy. Our new legislation would have an immediate impact on job creation. Setting targets and timelines to achieve greater food self-reliance will open up new markets for our farmers and for our foodie entrepreneurs, and create jobs in this growing sector of our local economies," says Coon.

"The Green Party says yes to local farmers, yes to local food stores, yes to restaurants serving local food, and yes to processors using local ingredients."

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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