The Election Campaign is in full-swing this week as posters are being fixed to every lampost possible of the candidates, a few ugly ones, I might add!
Now, I’ve never been politically minded and will quite openly admit that I’ve only ever voted in my teens when I was ‘taken’ to the Polling Station by a Senior Lecturer to ‘do my bit’ for Britain. Well, now I’m much older and a little wiser and I think I know who I’ll be voting for this year, in fact, I’m positive.
The Green Party is my choice. I’m doing this not just for myself, but for the future of my children…
The Green Party will:
- Ensure that a greater number of community dieticians are brought into the primary care system;
- Launch a public health awareness campaign on childhood nutrition, emphasising parental involvement;
- Introduce legislation that prohibits the advertising, marketing and promotion of ‘junk’ foods to children under 12 years of age; place a tax on junk food as proposed by the Irish Heart Foundation and use the revenue to give schoolchildren free fruit; investigate how to extend nutrition and ingredient information labelling to fast food, take-away and delicatessen food; and ban the display of visual advertisements for junk food in schools and the distribution of free samples of junk food on school property;
- Require schools to assess the ‘eating environment’ within their own schools and to formulate action plans for developing healthy eating patterns. Schools should ban all junk food and provide a hot nutritious lunch daily.
And so, after perusing the policies and promises of other parties, I think the Green Party can benefit my children much more than any other party. Their plans for a better Ireland seem more possible, with a little help from us!