Federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAulay has opened the first regional session on developing a national food policy across Canada.
MacAulay opened the session is his home province of Prince Edward Island.
The session is the first in a series being held across Canada over the next two months.
Public consultations on a food policy for Canada were launched on May 29th and an online survey has been extended to August 31st.
The key goals of the proposed food policy include increased access to affordable food, improving food safety, conserving soil and water and expanding production of high quality food.
So far, over 30 thousand Canadians have responded to the federal on-line survey.