Make food a priority, survey tells presidentiables
Having a solid food security program could become a major game changer for candidates running for the presidency in this year’s polls, a survey stated.
A survey commissioned by Greenpeace Philippines indicated a shift from traditional influences and issues that propel voters preference as it now suggests that Filipinos are now more concerned about gut issues that have an impact on their daily lives.
The poll was conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS) from September 2-5, 2015, a whopping 75 percent of respondents expressed preference for candidates who have a concrete plan of action in terms of ensuring the Filipino families will have food on their tables, a campaign promise that has not been soundly fulfilled by previous administrations.
“Agriculture, specifically Ecological Agriculture, has taken a back seat in terms of government prioritization. We have the Organic Agriculture Act but actual implementation and government support has to improve tremendously. Our presidential candidates should take these survey results seriously, as these show how concerned Filipinos are with our current food and agriculture systems,” said Vigie Benosa-Llorin, Greenpeace’s Food and Ecological Agriculture Campaigner in the press release issued by the group.
According to the survey 44% of the respondents want the government to provide financial support for farmers to make agriculture climate-resilient, especially in the advent of climate change.
There were also 39% of the respondents who also expressed categorical support for organic farming.
“Ecological Agriculture, which includes organic farming, is a climate resilient farming system that will address the issue of food security concerns. It is a farming system that combines modern science and innovation with respect for nature and biodiversity, and ensures healthy farming and food production while protecting the soil, water and the climate. Ecological agriculture does not contaminate the environment with chemical inputs, or grow genetically-engineered (GE) crops,” Llorin said.