Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I'm getting organized!


I hope everyone is having a good summer.

I've been working very hard to set-up my Constituency Office and get organized at the Legislature. My goal is to have the office open by Mid August. And the Legislature begins sitting in just over one month, on August the 25th.

As you may know, I was recently appointed the NDP Agriculture Critic!

My passion for food production in British Columbia runs deep and I am so fortunate to have this opportunity. Thank you!

Food has always fascinated me. As long as I can remember, I have loved to prepare it and been intrigued by how it grows...and now I have officially been given the responsibility to fight for it!

Carlo Petrini, the founder of the Slow Food movement, once said, “I am a gastronome. No, not the glutton with no sense of restraint whose enjoyment of food is greater the more plentiful and forbidden it is. No, not a fool who is given to the pleasures of the table and indifferent to how the food got there. I like to imagine the hands of the people who grew it, transported it, processed it, and cooked it before it was served to me.”

We are starting to have a renewed awareness about our food and where it comes from. We are starting to see a growing demand for local, clean, safe products. We, as eaters, are a new political force. I strongly believe that we are the key to successful agriculture in British Columbia. Misdirected policy is taking away our choices, but as eaters, we have the power to make sure we go in the right direction.

There has never been a time when politics and food have so dangerously crossed paths.

Demand local food, demand safe food, demand clean food.

I promise you that I will be doing the same.