New Democrat Agriculture Critic Malcolm Allen (Welland) made the following statement on World Food Day:
“Despite major progress, world hunger is still a serious problem, and on this World Food Day we must commit to do more to eradicate it.
Undernourishment affects people close to us as well. Every month, nearly 900,000 Canadians use food banks—38% of whom are youth and children, while 11% are First Nations. Year after year, that demand is a constant.
Fighting hunger at home and abroad requires national and international cooperation. We must work together to fight hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
This year’s theme—Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition—is close to the heart of New Democrats. We have long called for an accessible, affordable food system that accounts for environmental impacts and consumers’ health while serving as a vital regional economic engine.
New Democrats are also reminding the government of its responsibility to protect Canadians by ensuring food safety, and we urge it to restore the complement of food inspectors needed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). Conservative cuts to the CFIA will have serious consequences for the health of Canadians.”