With the 2021 federal election campaign now officially underway and polling day on September 20th, we are excited to announce that we are launching the third edition of the Eat Think Vote campaign!
Eat Think Vote (ETV) is a non-partisan campaign gathering community members living coast-to-coast-to-coast to talk with their federal candidates ahead of the upcoming election and make sure that food is an election issue. Our goal is that the incoming government develops policy that encourages a food system where everyone has dignified access to healthy and sustainably produced food in the context of pandemic recovery and the climate emergency.
This year, the context of pandemic recovery has created a significantly unique backdrop from those of past elections: one that highlights the fragility of our food system while also providing a fertile ground for change. We believe this moment further reinforces the need for and importance of collective movements advancing food-system transformation.
The focus for Eat Think Vote 2021 is food sovereignty, along with other food topics, such as food insecurity, resilient local food systems, decent work & justice for food workers, and more. Stay tuned on the Eat Think Vote website for policy backgrounders and suggested questions to candidates on these topics.
Several organisations have already expressed interest in hosting an Eat Think Vote event. If you are also looking to join the momentum, we invite you to register directly on our website, and we will send you our virtual ETV 2021 toolkit to guide you once it becomes available. Spreading the word and donating to the cause are two more ways you can participate and help Food Secure Canada maximize the impact and increase the visibility of this campaign.
In 2015, the Eat Think Vote campaign played an integral role in developing momentum for a commitment to create Canada’s first national food policy. In 2019, the work of Eat Think Vote event hosts, along with many other collective efforts, led to the eventual creation of the Canadian Food Policy Advisory Council (CFPAC) in 2021. We are confident that the Third Edition of Eat Think Vote can be as impactful as its predecessors, even with a shorter time frame before polling day. Now, more than ever, we need to have our food-related issues and challenges heard.