This policy brief of the Canadian Food Security Policy Group states that a national food policy must include a well-developed international component that acknowledges the links among issues, and takes account of Canada‟s international goals, commitments and obligations. Policy integration within the Government of Canada will be critical. Food and agricultural issues touch many aspects of government responsibility, including agriculture, health, environment, transport, trade, finance and international cooperation. To develop and implement an effective Canadian policy it will be essential for these departments to work towards common objectives, and not at cross purposes.
This brief, directed at government policy makers, political parties, agriculture and food-related organizations, makes nine recommendations for integrating an international component into a comprehensive food policy for Canada.