How a Canadian FIWO with 1 million members and a $40 million annual budget can be formed
WHAT IS THE FOOD
INDUSTRY WATCHDOG ORGANIZATION (FIWO)?
According to a
64% of Canadians support the creation of the FIWO
using the pamphlet method, while only 27% oppose it.
In addition, a
made up of 31 citizen groups with a total membership
of 3.5 million Canadians supports the creation of the
HOW WILL THE FIWO BE SET
UP AND HOW WILL IT WORK?
Alternatively, these companies could volunteer to hand out the pamphlet, and as long as enough companies volunteered enough people would receive the pamphlet to make the FIWO viable.
The pamphlet will describe
the FIWO and invite individuals to join at an annual
membership fee of about $40 (with a lower fee for
people with low incomes). The government can
either lend or grant to the FIWO the funds needed to
print the first pamphlet. After the first
pamphlet, however, the FIWO will pay all the costs of
the pamphlet. As a result, the FIWO can be set
up at little or no cost to government or the companies
that sell food products.
The federal and provincial
governments could (and should) also increase their
royalty and/or tax rate from industrial agricultural
food producers, and give the extra amount of money
collected to the FIWO.
WHAT WILL THE FIWO
The FIWO will also educate
consumers about food issues, especially sustainability
and waste reduction.
WHY IS THE FIWO NEEDED
Canada's farms and food
products are crucial to the security of the country
and are a valuable public resource -- they are also
key to having a healthy environment and a ready supply
of healthy food for all Canadians. However, many
times the public has not had a strong voice in
government and food industry decisions about the use
and conservation of land, and the production of food.
The FIWO will act as a
broad-based, well-resourced umbrella group, giving
food products consumers an organized voice for their