Why Canadian food is be­com­ing a pri­or­ity pur­chase

Stanstead Journal - - CROSSWORD -

(NC) It’s no se­cret that our food pur­chases have a di­rect im­pact on our health, but did you know that your choices may also have a far-reach­ing ef­fect? Many con­sumers pay at­ten­tion to the ori­gins of their food, pre­fer­ring to choose home-grown prod­ucts. This type of con­scious pur­chas­ing has a di­rect and pos­i­tive im­pact on Canadian farm­ers, bee­keep­ers, and other food-re­lated in­dus­tries. Take honey, for ex­am­ple. Re­cently, many brands have started to blend a for­eign sup­ply with a min­i­mum per­cent­age of Canadian honey. As a re­sult, less honey

- ly, more of it is im­ported into Canada. That’s bad news for lo­cal bee­keep­ers who de­pend on the de­mand for their prod­uct, as well as for the farm­ers that rely on bees for crop pol­li­na­tion. But not all Canadian pack­ers are giv­ing in to the blended trend. Guy Chartier, CEO of Bee Maid Honey, notes that this pro­ducer-owned co-op has been a part of the Canadian food land­scape for over 60 years. “Our bee­keeper own­ers take great pride in their own­er­ship, and take ex­treme care

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