Hos­pi­tals, schools urged to serve up more lo­cally grown food

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The On­tario gov­ern­ment is en­cour­ag­ing pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions to use more lo­cally grown and pro­duced food by de­liv­er­ing on the com­mit­ment to sup­port the prov­ince's agri-food sec­tor.

The prov­ince has pro­claimed the fi­nal re­quire­ment of the Lo­cal Food Act, 2013, to en­cour­age pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions, such as hos­pi­tals and schools, to use more lo­cal food. Th­ese or­ga­ni­za­tions rep­re­sent a big mar­ket op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal food and eco­nomic growth in com­mu­ni­ties across the prov­ince, the On­tario Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral Af­fairs notes.

Con­sul­ta­tions will be held through­out the fall with agri-food stake­hold­ers, pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions and the pub­lic to es­tab­lish “as­pi­ra­tional goals and tar­gets.”

The gov­ern­ment has cre­ated Lo­cal Food Week in June, cre­ated a tax credit for farm­ers who do­nate to lo­cal food banks and other com­mu­nity food or­ga­ni­za­tions, and es­tab­lished food lit­er­acy and food ac­cess goals.

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