Meeting small scale farmers

Farmers are an integral part of the food system: they are the ones who feed our communities and represent an important actor in responding to climate change. And yet, local small-scale farmers are often underrepresented in conversations at the federal level on agriculture. While several  Eat Think Vote events included members of the farming community this fall before the elections, we wanted to get more input from this group, specifically among francophone farmers. To do so, FSC participated in the annual meeting for CAPÉ, a cooperative for sustainable and local agriculture in Quebec.

 

During the weekend we asked participants the following question: “What would you say to the federal government (on food and the food system)?”

 

 

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This is what farmers told us:

 

“Enhance access to the land and agriculture for future farmers and citizens.”

 

“I would like if we could focus on food security while aiming for the development of local circuits and not on import/export.”

 

“Help for farmers to develop machinery and support for local SMEs that are already innovating on machinery for agriculture.”

 

“Take agriculture out of international treaties, especially for fresh produce.”

 

“Enhance agricultural diversification and orient it towards a domestic market.”

 

“More support for small scale agriculture.”

 

“Tax pesticides.”

 

“Improve accessibility to healthy food!”

 

“Increase the research budget for organic agriculture.”

 

“Support growers that respect the land.”

 

“Aren’t we what we eat?”

 

“Let’s stop overproduction and food waste.“