Thank you so much for your message!
Our government is spending large resources to promote healthier food choices to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Encouraging informed decisions about what goes into peoples' bodies.
Yet our government totally fails in the area of ensuring the foods we import are safe in all regards.
How many times have foreign foods been "dumped" into our country because it has been rejected elsewhere? When a product is "dumped" for unsafe reasons, it creates negative factors for our own producers as the price of related commodities fails.
With improved communications and transportation, the global movement of food is now part of the economic equation of sustainability of every country on this planet. The old rules to trading perishables to not apply in today's economy. Pay attention to the economic summit in Toronto this June. Mr. Harper has some interesting ideas.
Without aggressive monitoring of imported foods the extra financial burden potential placed on domestic producers is totally pointless.
If our government chooses to ignore food hazards originating from other countries, will we resort to the level of some eastern block countries? People making recommendations that all citizens carry items like a keychain radiation detector called "Micro Bomb Detector" (MBD), available for around $100 ... when buying and preparing foods?
The current discussion of quality and traceability of domestic foods is moot if imported foods are not subject to the same scrutiny.
Karen Mahon said:Thank you so much for your message!
There have been more problems from imported product than domestic. It may only be a matter of time before the consumer realizes that by buying domestic they are protecting their very life because of the food safety and traceability required for Canadian Food Producers. I do hope that government listens to small producers and assists them in achieving necessary standards so that our food and farms are sustainable. It is time for consumers to pay more for food in North America. I agree that imports should meet our standards but realistically I don't think it will happen. I do fear it will take a huge loss of life due to contaminated imported product before the message to buy Canadian at whatever cost is clear and there are always those that will continue to play Russian Roulette.
Secret agendas, when we look at this subject and many others that are discussed on this sight, you can't help noticing the same patton. The main one is shift of blame and responsibilty. The aim of a government policy or law was at one time, was to benefit the producer to enable him or her a guideline to follow, with minnial cost. And to the consumer by insurance that product, is safe by fines, safety checks and ect. Not create a system where the real agenda is revinue raising, shifting compansion blame back on the producer. Yes, you have to ask the question why do I pay taxes, where it would be cheaper to get a lawyer, sue a producer who has government approved product, after following government law and had his product demeed safe by the government. In the real world I like to see a farmer, recoop his legal costs,from a government if this happens.