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The PEI Food Security Network’s Mission Statement

The PEI Food Security Network is an education and action organization committed to achieving food security in Prince Edward Island. It is dedicated to changing community attitudes and public policy to promote: environmentally appropriate practices for the production and distribution of food; the availability of affordable, healthy, culturally appropriate and personally acceptable food; livable income for producers; the right to food; and PEI self-reliance in food.

Adopted March 4, 2008

Download the Prince Edward Island Food Security Network brochure (PDF) here.

 

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The PEI Food Security Network’s Principles

1. All people have the right to an income that allows them to live in good health and with dignity. No-one should be forced to choose between food and meeting some other basic need.

2. All people who are involved in the production, processing, marketing and distribution of food have the right to a livable income.

3. Charity is an appropriate response to emergency or temporary situations. Social justice (working for long-term solutions by changing institutional structures and personal attitudes and perspectives) is essential in addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

4. Any degradation of the environment is a major constituent of the real cost of food. An ecologically responsible system of food production, processing and distribution is a necessary part of food security.

5. Community attitudes and public policy are major influences on food security and must be focal points for action on food security.

6. Production, processing, distribution and consumption of food are all components of a food system that is influenced by social, economic, cultural and environmental factors.

7. Any movement to promote food security will be made stronger by the meaningful participation of people involved in all aspects of the food system; for example, people in P.E.I. who experience food insecurity, primary producers, people involved in food marketing and distribution, concerned citizens, environmental health advocates, livable income advocates, front-line service providers, environmentalists, and people involved in government and policy development.

8. The unique role that women play in providing nourishment for their families must be recognized in any movement to achieve food security.

9. The right to food is a basic human right to which all people are entitled.

10. Diversity and inclusion are important aspects of the movement to achieve food security. The movement must invite the participation of people of diverse cultures; Aboriginal people; women; people of all ages, all income levels, sexual orientations and abilities, language and health status.

Adopted March 4, 2008

PEI FOOD SECURITY NETWORK OBJECTIVES

Objective 1
The PEI Food Security Network will:

  • research and define what is involved in access to healthy, culturally appropriate food (including complete labelling),
  • develop a plan for community education, and
  • identify changes to public policy that are required.

The Access to Food Working Group is addressing this objective.

Objective 2
The PEI Food Security Network will:

  • develop a system of analysis of food costs for individuals and families,
  • raise awareness in the community and among policy makers of food costs for individuals and families on fixed incomes, and
  • research and implement strategies for the development of more advanced food skills (production, selection and preparation) for Island residents.

The Food Costing Working Group is addressing this objective.

Objective 3
The PEI Food Security Network will:

  • research and define the proposal of guaranteed livable income for producers,
  • develop a plan for community education,
  • identify public policy changes that are required, and design and implement an action plan for making those changes,
  • identify the meaning of ecologically responsible production and distribution, and
  • develop a community education plan and public policy action for the achievement of new forms of production and distribution.

The Food Production and Distribution Working Group is addressing this objective.

Objective 4
The PEI Food Security Network will create a framework for understanding how PEI self-reliance in food would work.

No Working Group has yet been formed to focus on this fourth objective.

 

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