McGuinty government gets ready to introduce Local Food Act

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Author: Sarah

Posted: September 19, 2012

Categories: economic development / News from Sustain Ontario / Nouvelles / Ontario Food Policy

News release from the Ontario government:

Ontario is planning to introduce a bill that supports, promotes and celebrates the good things grown and made in Ontario.

Farmers in Ontario grow more than 200 different agricultural commodities — including a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy products — and each farmer produces enough food to feed 120 people a year.

If passed, the Local Food Act would:

  • Support one of the province’s leading industries, one that contributes more than $33 billion to the economy each year and employs more than 700,000 Ontarians.
  • Promote and celebrate the local things Ontarians grow, make, serve, sell or eat.
  • Provide a framework for developing goals and targets around the production, processing, distribution, sales and marketing of Ontario food.

A strong agri-food industry is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create jobs and opportunities that will grow the economy.