A diet consisting of whole and natural organic food is essential for our children to achieve their full potential. Doing so will improve the mental and physical well-being, as well as intellectual capacity of young Canadians. We often overlook the negative effects contemporary agricultural practices have on the physical and intellectual development of our children. Most of the large industrial farms in Canada and the United States apply large amounts of chemicals to their crops and orchards to prevent them from being destroyed by insects. We have a duty to minimize our children's exposure to these chemicals for their long-term health and wellness.
This is Where GUHAH Comes In!
Our Core Objectives & Commitments
We are working with MPs from all 338 federal ridings to introduce fully organic breakfast and lunch meal programs in every school. The results of this program would be dramatic: no child would go to, or leave, school hungry or deprived of critical nutrients.
We collaborate with provincial governments to usher-in curriculum that teaches children how to grow organic food as well as the importance of healthy eating, while reconnecting to nature. We recommend children from Grades 1-6 spend a half-day per week, and students in Grades 7-12 spend one entire day per week, in studies and hands-on learning related to organic agriculture.
Family farmers are the backbone of our country, invaluable and rapidly vanishing. We want to see Canada provide fair subsidies and wages for organic farm labour and develop a National strategy to re-invigorate family farms while they make the transition to organic farming. Industrial farms are not suitable to grow organic food because they lack the biodiversity necessary to do so.
We collaborate with all levels of government, private sector stakeholders, and civil society
We grow daily in our number of supporters
Over the next year, GUHAH will also be putting a plan in place to support entire school communities and local farmers to grow their school food programs, from integrating an onsite garden program and curriculum, into the school cafeterias and food programs.
We must support each other and stay connected. Our initiative is to connect gardeners, local organic farms (or those transitioning), regional board directors, volunteers, educators and Canadian schools who are doing amazing things to bring about change in the current school food system.