16 Sep Sustainable and Ecological Food System Act
About 2.2 million Filipino families experienced involuntary hunger in the second quarter of 2018, according to a Social Weather Survey. At the same time, the country is regularly battered by storms and drought, destroying crops and miring farmers deeper into poverty. Food is also more expensive than ever, with inflation at a nine-year high as of August, at 6.4 percent.
Such circumstances emphasize the need for a people’s food policy that will promote a sustainable, climate-resilient agriculture that will produce safe and healthy food that is accessible to all.
The People’s Food Movement, together with the League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities and Cities, have drafted city, municipality, and provincial ordinances that will establish their own food councils and provide these with funding.
Local officials can adopt these templates as their own:
Each food council will be responsible for developing and implementing food policies, plans, and programs to ensure:
- that every constituent has access to food;
- that small food producers and consumers have control over a just food system;
- that food stock is available even during crises;
- that development is achieved especially for farmers, fishers, and indigenous communities;
- that food availability is increased and livelihood is improved;
- that mechanisms are in place for subsidized distribution of nutritious, healthy, diverse, and culturally-appropriate food to those with insufficient income and those suffering from calamities;
- that soil, water, and environment are sustainably used and conserved, and indigenous practices are revived; and
- that ecological agriculture is used as a framework for technology development and assessment of food production and consumption.