Agriculture

Independents for Sustainability
       The ultimate goal of Commonsense Government agriculture is to become 100% self-sufficient, organic and vegan.
       The main goal of becoming agriculturally self-sufficient is to avoid food shortages through failures in other countries and the ability to better regulate the standards for food production including the wages earned by farmers.
        Animal agriculture is the number one cause of environmental degradation in the world.  A shift to a 100% organic and vegan diet is the only sustainable option for meeting the dietary needs of the world’s population without causing irreparable harm to the environment and our health.
 
 
Agricultural Revolution
 
        Canada is a large and fertile country with a relatively small population.  We are capable of producing all of the food we need in a sustainable manner and providing the population with affordable, healthy and homegrown food.
               
        The first step is training a “new” generation of farmers. 
 
        Agriculture will become a part of the new elementary school curriculum.  Schools will build and maintain their own gardens and greenhouses that supply the cafeteria with fresh food.
       National Universities will train students how to farm sustainably.  Graduates will be given land to farm, a house on the farm, a greenhouse for year round production and all necessary equipment and paid a salary contingent on meeting production quotas (agricultural production will be measured as it is collected for processing and distribution).    
 
       Students trained at National Universities are required to work 2 years within Canada for every year of education received at a National University.
               
       Farms will be of a size that is easily maintained by the diligent work of a single person and grow enough produce to supply the farmer themselves with food as well as a surplus for public distribution. 
               
 
Food Processing
 
       The food grown on National farms will be shipped fresh to local markets.   As fresh produce arrives any surplus food will be preserved.  Markets will have on site processing that is open to the public so they can learn to and/or do the work of preserving their own food on the spot.  There will also be an official and regulated preservation operation that takes the surplus food, processes and sells it all in the same market.
       Different regions will produce various levels of different goods and a system will be implemented for the trade of goods between markets.
               
 
Community Supported Agriculture
 
       Markets will be allocated by population density, built with tax dollars from the food industry and provide a venue for local farms to sell goods.
        Food will be grown and sold locally, jobs on the farm or in markets will provide locals with permanent employment and Canadians will enjoy fresh healthy homegrown produce at reasonable prices.
               
        A new system for human waste removal will be implemented to provide national farms with fertilizer.  Human waste and compostable material will be collected, the waste will be treated to form bio-solids and along with the compostable material will be transported to national farms for use as agricultural fertilizer.
 
Agricultural Obligation
 
        The food industry is responsible for majority funding of the agricultural revolution. 
 
        Grocery stores will now pay a set fee for every transaction.

        The sale of any food items outside of a grocery store including from farms, distribution companies and restaurants will include a 10% sales tax which is reinvested in the national agricultural system.
 
        All new and existing Canadian agricultural facilities must adhere to the following standards;
 
1.  All food products must be organic and pesticide free.
2.  The raising of animals for food is prohibited.
3.  Commercial fishing is prohibited.
4.  Hunting and fishing animals for food is prohibited.
5.  First Nation populations who have traditionally relied on hunting and fishing       for food will be exempt from this prohibition.  Exemption is granted only for       hunting/fishing for personal consumption and at levels that are sustainable       for the animal population in question.  
6.  The sale of animal food products is prohibited.
7.  The importation of animal food products is prohibited.
8.  All companies wishing to import food products to Canada must meet the            requirements listed above and those outlined in the International                          Accountability section of Commonsense Government Foreign Policy                      concerning fair wages for foreign employees.
9.  All motorized agricultural operations must run on 100% renewable energy          within 10 years.
  
         
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