IFOAM Organics is inspiring citizens to make better food choices by highlighting the benefits of organic, local, seasonal, and fair food on people and the planet with the launch of Honest Food on World Food Day, 16 October, 2019.
Let’s be honest. We live in a world where food is messed around with. It’s produced using harmful chemicals that damage our health, wildlife and the environment. It’s packed in plastic and unnecessarily shipped around the world. Farmers the world over are not making a decent living. Access to quality food and proper nutrition is not a reality for millions of people worldwide.
Unsustainable agriculture is contributing to global warming, contaminating soil, threatening rural livelihoods as well as food & nutrition security.
Honest Food is food with nothing to hide. And it’s an easy way to do good. It’s grown in harmony with nature. It pays farmers a fair price. It’s simple, straightforward food you can trust. It’s better for you, the farmer and the planet.
We ask policy makers to:
• Develop policies supporting sustainable agricultural practices such as organic agriculture and abolish perverse subsidies for unsustainable, input-intensive industrial agriculture.
• Introduce measures enhancing smallholders’ welfare as well as the establishment and strengthening of short food supply chains and public procurement of sustainably produced food.
• Design national programs and schemes which support information and awareness raising campaigns for citizens on healthy, sustainable and responsible food choices, including supply chain incentives, targeted subsidies and taxes, to promote healthy eating, with due consideration to the overall impact on vulnerable groups.
Done right, agriculture can contribute to food and nutrition security, generate decent incomes, and protect the environment.