EPISODE 7: Changing Canadian Food Policy From the Ground Up: Cathleen Kneen and the People’s Food Policy Project
In this episode, Stef McLachlan and Troy Stozek take on food policy, talking to Cathleen Kneen of Food Secure Canada and the People’s Food Policy Project. The People’s Food Policy Project is a pan-Canadian network of citizens and organizations that is creating Canada’s first comprehensive food sovereignty policy.
Cathleen Kneen discusses the history of food system issues and recognition of difficulties, and poverties of people that was in part a result of governmental agricultural policy. She talks about the removal of authority of people over the food system into the corporate model it has become today and how this new food system does not nourish the population in the way that a proper food system should.
In terms of food sovereignty, the People’s Food Policy Project has been building the capacity of people and communities to have control over their own food. Cathleen talks about how 30 years ago a group of activists created the People’s Food Commission, that toured the country and held hearings in 75 communities about the barriers to people accessing food that fits into their personal food policies. Tune in to this week’s podcast and check out these websites for more information: