Premier backs home-grown
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