‘Food lit­er­acy’ and shop­ping lo­cally

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“Food lit­er­acy” is the ba­sis of the latest push to in­crease con­sump­tion of On­tario-grown prod­ucts. As part of the Lo­cal Food Act, the province has es­tab­lished ob­jec­tives to in­crease knowl­edge about lo­cal food. To en­cour­age food lit­er­acy, the goals are to in­crease the num­ber of On­tar­i­ans who know what lo­cal foods are avail­able, know how and where to ob­tain lo­cal foods and pre­pare lo­cal food meals for fam­ily and friends, and make lo­cal food more avail­able through food ser­vice providers.

The gov­ern­ment cur­rently pro­vides sup­port to pro­mote and celebrate lo­cal food in On­tario through the Lo­cal Food Fund, The Green­belt Fund, Grow­ing For­ward 2 and the On­tario Agri-Food Ed­u­ca­tion Inc.

On­tario’s agri-food sec­tor sup­ports farm­ers, com­mu­ni­ties and the econ­omy, em­ploy­ing more than 760,000 On­tar­i­ans and con­tribut­ing over $34 bil­lion to the province’s econ­omy. For more than 38 years, Food­land On­tario has con­nected with fam­i­lies on how to rec­og­nize, pre­pare and love lo­cal foods.

“In­creas­ing knowl­edge of lo­cal, On­tario food sup­ports our com­mu­ni­ties and helps grow our agri-food sec­tor. By es­tab­lish­ing food lit­er­acy goals and com­mit­ting to mea­sure progress, we are work­ing to en­sure that more On­tar­i­ans are able to iden­tify, ac­cess and pre­pare food grown, har­vested and made in On­tario,” says Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, Jeff Leal.

Penny’s Farm­ers’ Mar­ket at McCrim­mon is one of the many venues where con­sumers can buy di­rectly from pro­duc­ers.

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