Former Agriculture Minister Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste is encouraging a change in eating habits among Saint Lucians, asserting that local food production and marketing is a guaranteed way of increasing the positive health outcomes of Saint Lucians and also the country’s economic fortunes.
Jn Baptiste posted a message Wednesday on the official Facebook page of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to mark the occasion of World Food Day.
“The focus for the 2019 observance is on our eating habits. The suggested changes in our eating habits from processed imported food to fresh safe and nutritious local food is positive,” the former Minister observed.
“While this idea is not new, many experts now agree that our actions where food is concerned will certainly determine our future,” Jn Baptiste stated.
“There is much which can be done and must be done in the area of marketing of local food and we must all strive to improve the quantity and quality of local food,” Jn Baptiste said.
He expressed the view that increasing employment especially among the young is a major benefit, while the challenges of many of the Island’s non-communicable diseases(NCD’s) can be reduced tremendously.
The former Minister believes that that there is at least $200 million EC worth of economic activity which can be generated in the short to medium term through local food production and marketing.
“Local food consumption and planned actions to keep nudging our food preferences toward safe and nutritious local food can be a big part of this thrust,” he stated.