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Gabriola Food Charter 2010
Wholesome food needs to be a basic human right.
To help ensure that wholesome food remains available to people on Gabriola, Gabriolans have prepared this Food Charter.
The principles can be used as a guide
for us as consumers
for those who produce our food or help to bring it to our tables
for those with authority to make regulations that affect our food
Principles of our Food Charter
We will act to protect, maintain and nourish the integrity of Gabriola’s natural environment. We support responsible growing practices that protect the earth, water and air.
We believe in fostering local, safe and nutritionally superior food systems to reduce negative impacts on our environment, decrease consumption of fossil fuels and lessen packaging waste.
We understand the importance of educating ourselves and our children about the food we eat.
We promote learning about nutrition, growing practices, preparation, storage, seed saving, industry additives, genetic engineering, and the use of local wild foods.
We envision using and preserving the resources in our community: the land, the sea around us, our fresh water, and distribution systems to ensure that Gabriolans have access to safe, locally produced , affordable, fresh and nutritious food.
We value the importance of food and celebration in our island culture, and the integral role that it plays.
We recognize that food brings people together in celebration of community, reflecting our traditional right to share food prepared in our kitchens and using food grown in our own gardens.
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