In the Toronto Star’s Health Zone today, Margaret Webb complains that “Canada has no national food policy, no national strategy to ensure its food system actually delivers nutritious food.”
This is but the latest lefty bash at the huge success of the international food industry. It’s wrong for farmers/companies to grow food for profit! – ” which means producing profitable calories, skewed to meat and dairy as well as crops that go into the most highly processed food, which are least healthy.”
If producing food isn’t profitable, how will the producers be able to grow more and pay workers?
What’s unhealthy about eating meat protein, milk and cheese?
She editorializes further …
“Feeding Canadians seems a distant concern given that agricultural programs support crop and meat production geared for export but let local vegetable and fruit farming all but die, along with that sector’s freezing and canning processors, which could provide local produce through the winter.
Where in Canada could local produce be grown through the winter? Where could be grown lemons, oranges, grapefruit, grown economically if at all?
But luckily we are able to export the despised “profit foods” and thus afford to import 80% of the fruit and veg we eat from California and Spain et al year round. Moreover these “healthy” foods are cheaper than the homegrown ones – when they’re available – which means we can afford to eat more of them. I hate to add they’re sometimes better.
The history of food is global buying and selling. It’s not just a question of importing invaluable spices like cloves, but of keeping food prices down. All countries do it. The fashionable notion that we’d all be better off if food was more expensive comes straight from Maria Antoinette’s playbook “let ‘em eat arugula”. Governments which allow food prices to rise risk riots and worse.
Finally, food is our greatest longlasting pleasure. Why is it being turned by the left into a subject of fear and vilification?