Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – September 16, 2022 – Saskatchewan Green Party candidate Jacklin Andrews’s door knocking is leading to many interesting conversations with Saskatoon-Meewasin voters about sustainable development. The conversations center around the need for locally produced food and protecting the environment.
Andrews has a long-standing interest in agriculture, “This is such an exciting time for options for food production. We have a climate that will give us a great deal of variability in agriculture. It is pretty wild the potential we have. Growing a few crops and raising a few animals worked well for us for decades. COVID-19 supply chain issues taught us that we need to diversify for self-sufficiency. We don’t have to fall victims to the food crisis happening in other countries. We need to support our farmers in sustainable diversification, preferable using regenerative agriculture.”
Andrews is also concerned about non-sustainable development. He is aware of the Saskatchewan Party’s eagerness to mine lithium in the province as it is an in-demand rare earth mineral used in rechargeable batteries for digital devices and electric vehicles. He says, “The revenue potential in lithium mining needs to be balanced with proper environmental management and public health protection. Lithium is a hazardous material. It needs regulatory oversight from extraction, to production, to disposal.”
As an MLA, he would challenge the Minister of Agriculture asking how they plan to support a transition towards sustainable agriculture. Andrews would also be a voice to protection for the soil, pollinators, waterways, and environment.
Andrews can be reached at 306-918-7264 or connect with Naomi Hunter, Leader of the Saskatchewan Green Party at 306-561-8880.