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Jumbo carrots being harvested at the Visser Brothers Farm. (Peter Power/The Globe and Mail/Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)
Jumbo carrots being harvested at the Visser Brothers Farm. (Peter Power/The Globe and Mail/Peter Power/The Globe and Mail)

The platforms

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Conservative Party of Canada

  • Develop a National Farm and Food strategy to guide federal policy
  • Revise current approval processes to allow for international equivalencies in certain products
  • The creation of an "Agriculture Innovation Initiative, to support local farm-based research and development projects."
  • $100-million over five years to improve capacity in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
  • Party website | Party platform

Liberal Party of Canada

  • Promotion of healthier living with education programs for children; improved food labelling; tough new restrictions on trans fats and sodium.
  • $50-million injection to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to ramp up inspections on imported food; full review of federal agencies responsible for food safety.
  • A mass review of Canada's entire agriculture file, from subsidies to research and innovation.
  • Rewards for farmers who set aside land for wildlife habitats or carbon sequestering; quadruple clean-energy production.
  • Expand export markets for Canadian food and beverage producers.
  • Party website | Party platform

New Democratic Party of Canada

  • Belief that access to and sustained production of healthy food is critical to Canada's future. New labelling laws will help consumers identify healthy foods and genetically modified ingredients.
  • Educate students on how to produce and prepare nutritious foods.
  • Boost support to Canadian producers and local food networks by supporting farmers' markets, agriculture co-operatives and alternative regulation for small-scale operators.
  • Review the impact of trade agreements to assess threats to domestic food security.
  • Improve young farmers' access to arable land and training.
  • Party website | Party platform

Bloc Québécois

  • The right of a nation to choose the direction of agricultural policies.
  • A more robust federal food inspection system: 1,000 new jobs, traceability laws and public inspection reports.
  • Overhaul the troubled farm income support program, which most parties agree is expensive ($4-billion annually) and ineffective.
  • Increase federal funding by $150-million a year for next 10 years.
  • Correct loopholes in food import laws that give foreign producers a competitive advantage over Canadians.
  • Party website | Party platform

Green Party

  • Create fund for farmers to transition to organic farming. Spending of $75 million in 2011-2012, rising to $175-million each subsequent year; implement strict monitoring of pesticides.
  • Expand domestic food production and procurement with "200-kilometre diet" promotion; expand farmers' markets and culinary tourism, rooftop gardens, urban agriculture and seed banks.
  • Stop all federally funded research on genetically modified organisms (GMO). Cut all federal biotech funding to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Natural Resources Canada and 10 per cent of funding (which goes to GMO biotech) from NSERC and NRC
  • Reform agricultural regulations "to challenge corporate concentration;" reform farm income supports; encourage grocery retailers to make shelf space for local foods
  • Upgrade water treatment facilities
  • Government agriculture research shifts from biotechnology to organic production.
  • Establishment of greenhouse gas emission targets in collaboration with industry.
  • Party website | Party platform
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