Health and nutrition

Based on research and scientific evidence, health professionals recommend a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables. In order to ensure readily available, healthy and fresh produce of the highest quality, the Canadian Horticultural Council (CHC) works with industry and government departments on issues affecting plant health and food safety.

CHC’s position

  • CHC, along with the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) and the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), encourage the federal and provincial/territorial governments to establish policy statements supporting the goal of increasing the fruit and vegetable consumption of Canadians by 20%. This is equivalent to one additional serving a day for all Canadians, increasing consumption for many to the base amount recommended by the current Canada’s Food Guide.
  • CHC further recommends that the government improve accessibility to quality fruits and vegetables for all Canadians and especially rural, remote, First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities;
  • CHC urges the government to establish a national healthy food school program as part of the National Food Policy.
  • CHC furthermore urges government to increase the current recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables in the upcoming revised version of Canada’s Food Guide.

Current advocacy activities

  • CHC is preparing to submit comments, on behalf of members, on Canada’s Healthy Eating Strategy, which includes restrictions on marketing of unhealthy food to children, and changes to Canada’s Food Guide.
  • CHC is preparing to submit comments, on behalf of members, on A Food Policy for Canada, which is a complex consultation involving multiple government departments and many stakeholders across Canada.

Previous advocacy activities

More information

The Industry Standards and Food Safety Committee advises CHC on matters such as grade standards, plant health, pest risk assessment needs, food safety, and traceability.

For more information, please contact Jennifer Babcock, Policy Research and Development Manager at jbabcock@hortcouncil.ca.

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