Premier backs home-grown

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

This let­ter is prompted by the com­bi­na­tion of The Guardian’s page-one story of Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 20 (“Gone mad”) and your edi­to­rial of the same date (“Premier trum­pets P.E.I. “good news.”) The lead ar­ti­cle com­plains about in­flated prices of im­ported veg­eta­bles such as cau­li­flower, broc­coli and pep­pers and sug­gests that this will cause is­lan­ders to turn to an un­healthy diet and drive them to food banks. No ap­par­ent ef­fort was made to iden­tify a coun­ter­point to the story, such as the op­por­tu­nity for Is­lan­ders to en­joy healthy, home­grown fruits and veg­eta­bles which are avail­able in abun­dance.

Dur­ing the State of the Prov­ince ad­dress, our Premier Wade MacLauch­lan en­cour­aged Is­lan­ders to not be­come vic­tims of the di­min­ished Cana­dian dol­lar, in­stead we should take ad­van­tage of lo­cal beets, pota­toes, car­rots, parsnips, ap­ples, blue­ber­ries, cran­ber­ries, squash, cab­bage and other prod­ucts, and treat the low dol­lar as an in­vi­ta­tion to spend closer to home.

Eat­ing lo­cal pro­duce cuts down on car­bon emis­sions, sup­ports our lo­cal econ­omy and helps to re­duce our prov­ince’s trade deficit, which is a chronic soft spot of our Is­land econ­omy. What’s more, lo­cal food is bet­ter for our health, in­clud­ing the men­tal health ben­e­fits that come from see­ing win­ter as a time of plenty and cre­ativ­ity.

This does not re­quire rose­c­oloured glasses, just the good sense to see the bounty that is hid­ing in plain sight.

Dr. Ber­nice Bell, Char­lot­te­town

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