Lo­cal food pro­moted

The Glengarry News - - Farming -

“We’re re­mov­ing red tape bar­ri­ers and mak­ing it eas­ier for col­leges, uni­ver­si­ties, hos­pi­tals, and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to serve high qual­ity, nu­tri­tious lo­cal food across On­tario,” says Stor­mont-Dun­dasSouth Glen­garry MPP Jim McDonell. “Peo­ple have con­fi­dence in their lo­cal pro­duce and it is en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly.”

He was con­grat­u­lat­ing Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs, Ernie Harde­man on a re­cent an­nounce­ment to help lo­cal food busi­nesses across the prov­ince flour­ish through es­tab­lish­ing a new goal un­der Lo­cal Food Act, 2013.

“For con­sumers, lo­cal food is at the heart of our agri-food in­dus­try. Open­ing the door to the broader pub­lic sec­tor for lo­cal food pro­cure­ment is part of our govern­ment’s plan to strengthen On­tario’s lo­cal food econ­omy,” said Mr. Harde­man.

The govern­ment is tak­ing sev­eral steps to sup­port this goal, in­clud­ing:

• Launch­ing a series of new case study videos, fea­tur­ing best prac­tice ad­vice from dif­fer­ent broader pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions;

• Cre­at­ing a new, in­ter­ac­tive, lo­cal food hubs map that con­nects lo­cal food busi­nesses to po­ten­tial new mar­kets;

• Pro­vid­ing easy-to-use track­ing tools to mea­sure pro­cure­ment so or­ga­ni­za­tions can set their own goals to in­crease their use of lo­cal food and track their suc­cess;

• Award­ing pub­lic sec­tor in­sti­tu­tions that achieve their lo­cal food tar­gets with cer­tifi­cates of recog­ni­tion from the Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Food and Ru­ral Af­fairs;

• Mak­ing it eas­ier to use the Food­land On­tario logo to pro­mote lo­cal food;

• Of­fer­ing govern­ment-led howto we­bi­nars for agri-busi­nesses want­ing to be­come a lo­cal food ven­dor;

• Con­tin­u­ing to pro­mote lo­cal On­tario food through the Food­land On­tario pro­gram;

• Look­ing at op­tions to en­hance the farm­ers mar­ket as part of its re­view of the On­tario Food Ter­mi­nal;

• On­go­ing con­sul­ta­tion with farm­ers, dis­trib­u­tors and the broader pub­lic sec­tor on red tape bar­ri­ers in the lo­cal food econ­omy.

An im­por­tant part of the Lo­cal Food Act, 2013 is in­creas­ing aware­ness for On­tario food and bev­er­ages. This in­cludes cel­e­brat­ing pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions that are in­creas­ingly us­ing lo­cal food to serve their em­ploy­ees, stu­dents and pa­tients. The govern­ment will rec­og­nize and cel­e­brate pub­lic sec­tor or­ga­ni­za­tions that set and achieve their own lo­cal food tar­gets.

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