RISE launches ‘Good Food Rev­o­lu­tion’

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Faye-Chantelle Mon­de­sir

On Wed­nes­day the ‘RISE Good Food Rev­o­lu­tion’ was launched at the Or­chid Gar­den Con­fer­ence Room, Union. In at­ten­dance were rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Re­pub­lic of China (Tai­wan), the UK and Morocco, as well as com­merce min­is­ter Emma Hip­polyte and Gov­er­nor Gen­eral Dame Pear­lette Louisy who has added the event to the list of reg­u­lar No­bel Lau­re­ate Week ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It’s not typ­i­cal that we talk about food dur­ing No­bel Lau­re­ate Week,” host Bar­bara Jacobs ob­served. “We nor­mally talk about lit­er­a­ture, eco­nom­ics and ex­cel­lence. Clearly Her Ex­cel­lency has the broad view that un­less a coun­try is healthy, un­less we make the con­nec­tion be­tween how we use our nat­u­ral re­sources, how we in­cor­po­rate that into our var­i­ous sec­tors like pub­lic health . . . then we are work­ing in vain.”

In his turn RISE di­rec­tor Steven King re­minded at­ten­dants that the or­gan­i­sa­tion is ded­i­cated to the healthy de­vel­op­ment of peo­ple: “It is com­mit­ted to the con­cept of holis­tic health. We be­lieve health is not just the ab­sence of dis­ease but it is the pres­ence of the well­ness of the com­plete hu­man be­ing.”

King said the pro­ject’s rai­son d’etre was to cre­ate a na­tional en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes healthy food con­sump­tion. “We have de­fined healthy food con­sump­tion as eat­ing food that is free of all con­tam­i­na­tion - from an­tibi­otics to pes­ti­cides, to al­tered ge­netic ma­te­rial. Good food is what helps to pro­mote good health.”

King re­vealed that some 65% of can­cers are en­vi­ron­men­tally re­lated, caused by con­tam­i­nants in our foods or soils. He cited the eco­nomic ben­e­fits from the pro­ject in­clud­ing jobs both in the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors. He in­vited the pub­lic - farm­ers, busi­ness own­ers, com­pa­nies, or­gan­i­sa­tions - to part­ner with the ini­tia­tive whose call to ac­tion is “Grow, buy, con­sume or­ganic”.

A cam­paign mas­cot con­cep­tu­al­ized and crafted by Pe­tra Au­guste was in­tro­duced at the launch. It will be a key player in the Good Food Rev­o­lu­tion, funded by the United Na­tions De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram and the min­istries of agri­cul­ture and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

RISE St Lu­cia Inc Di­rec­tor, Sen­a­tor Dr. Stephen King,

speak­ing at the pro­ject launch.

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