Emily Guidry, Tiffany Carroll, and Lisa Edwards are students within St. Thomas University's Bachelor of Social Work program. Currently, we are working on our social action project. Our mission is to get as many signatures as possible from this petition in support of Local Green Party MLA, David Coon's, "Local Food Security Act" to raise awareness and provide evidence that New Brunswick's citizens view local healthy and nutritious food as a priority.
In signing this petition, you are helping to promote the Local Food Security Act, which entails the following:
Establish provincial targets to increase the percentage of fresh and processed food produced and consumed in New Brunswick;
Require public institutions such as schools, hospitals and nursing homes to increase the percentage of food on their menus that is produced and processed in New Brunswick with local ingredients; and,
Establish a labeling system to clearly identify food and beverages produced in New Brunswick". (Green Party of Canada, 2015).
In addition, the passing of this act will bring jobs to New Brunswick:
Studies show that by converting only $10 per week from each household currently being spent on imported foods, to New Brunswick-grown foods, the province could see over $30-million in increased revenues. A move towards local food procurement through the adoption of the Local Food Security Act is the first step in making this a reality.