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Local Food Act a win for Ontario farmers


September 21, 2012
By Ontario Federation of Agriculture

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September 21, 2012, Guelph, Ont – The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is congratulating the Ontario government on its recent introduction of a bill that will provide support and promotion for food grown and processed in Ontario.

The Local Food Act promises to support Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food sector by, among other things, providing a framework for developing goals and targets around the production, processing, distribution, sales and marketing of Ontario food.

“The Local Food Act has been an interest of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture for some time,” says Mark Wales, OFA president. “If passed, this act could provide a framework for a more sustainable agriculture sector for Ontario.”

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The OFA worked closely with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and other organizations to create a National Food Strategy, a blueprint for the future of food in Canada. The document is the culmination of months of feedback from Ontario’s entire agriculture and agri-food value chain. It reflects a vision for the future of food in Canada, from the people who grow it, process it, distribute and sell it.

“Canada’s agri-food industry has a clear vision for our sector, and the OFA looks forward to working with the Ontario government to incorporate that vision and leadership into the provincial statute,” Wales says.

More information about the National Food Strategy is available at www.nationalfoodstrategy.ca.