OTTAWA, ON – The Standing Committee on Health indicated yesterday that additional meetings would be added to its agenda, potentially allowing farmers and producers to participate in the committee’s study of Canada’s new Food Guide.
In response, Conservative Shadow Ministers for Agriculture and Agri-Food Luc Berthold and John Barlow, along with Marilyn Gladu, Shadow Minister for Health released the following statement:
“When it comes to making informed decisions about the food we eat, Canadians know farmers are among the most credible resources we can access.
“Conservatives are pleased that after months of pressure, the Liberal-dominated health committee has reversed its ideological decision to exclude agricultural health partners from its study of the Canada Food Guide.
“Conservatives believe that hearing from all stakeholders – including farmers, ranchers, agri-businesses and health experts – is a common sense, balanced approach. We know that Canada’s agriculture industry has a broad range of technical, scientific and health expertise.
“This win is thanks to the many agriculture partners who have voiced their concerns about being excluded from discussions regarding the Food Guide. We hope for a balanced, in-depth study based on good science and nutrition.
“Conservatives will continue to call on the Liberal government to listen to agriculture voices before making any decisions about changing the Food Guide.”