For this summit, the Unity Party met with the Progressive Socialist Party, and the Reformist Party. Here are a few solutions we fathomed regarding food sustainability and the many issues within that topic.
Food miles tax
After discussing with our opposition parties (Reformist party, and Progressive Socialist Party), we all agreed, for the most part, that creating a food miles tax would limit the amount of imported foods and promote local foods. This would have tax brackets, so that if the distance the foods are traveled is further the more it would cost to transport, however we did not come to a final consensus regarding who to tax. Some possibilities included consumers and distributors. In the end, the consumer would have to pay for the difference either way.
Promoting locally grown foods
Through labels, infomercials, and possible taxations on globally grown products, we would promote locally grown foods. This would benefits our local economy, supports future farming, have various health benefits, promote biodiversity, empower consumers, promote cultural diversity, and create jobs. Furthermore, if imported food is purchased less, workers rights in other countries wouldn’t be supported, especially if they are negative. Having said that, the issue that consumers will not read these said labels is inevitable. This issue could be avoided by color, size, font, and different aesthetic aspects for these labels. Also, the implement of infomercials concerning the issue of food sustainability would educate consumers and encourage them to buy products with locally grown labels. All parties have also agreed that we would have to import some foods, as it is not possible for all foods to be grown locally. We had decided on limiting the amount of imported foods through promotion of local foods, and taxing imported foods.
In addition, our parties would rather use renewable energy sources than fuel to transport goods that harm our environment at high levels. During our discussion, we compared electricity powered vehicles to using biofuel. The Reformist Party brought the idea of algae as biofuel, as it increases the quality of bodies of water and its efficiency. Algae blooms block the sunlight from reaching organisms and plant life and uses the dissolved oxygen within the water. The Progressive Socialist Party disagreed with using algae biofuel, as it does not reduce the amount of carbon emissions in comparison to fuel. Our parties did not reach consensus on this matter, but we did agree to reduce the amount of goods that we transport in order to limit the emissions in the atmosphere.
Organic foods are not only healthy, but in many cases, they’re grown locally. Promoting organic foods would allow for many improvements with our health that other foods may not provide. Although organic foods produce a smaller yield making less food per crop, we still do promote organic foods as we can use some of the unhealthy crop to grow more food. Giving consumers the option will allow for what they want
Increasing Farmland: By increasing farmland, we would be promoting locally grown products which would benefit the local economy, and more space to grow more food for the consumers. With more farmland, we could have more organic or healthier farms. This would also help limit the need for imported goods and help the environment, and creating more job opportunities. The extra farmland could be creating more habitat loss, but we would try to limit that outcome.
Taxing food companies: Although the idea of taxing food companies that produce unhealthy foods came up, no discussion on this topic occurred. Instead of making healthy foods cheaper and unhealthy foods more expensive, it would make more sense to tax these companies. This would make it so that more healthy foods are promoted for the supply, and farmers would still be able to make a living.