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New Democrats want to promote local food

June 17, 2013  By Press release

June 17, 2013, Ottawa, Ont — In an effort to support Canada’s family farms, New Democrats have introduced a bill in the House of Commons to encourage Canadians to buy local food.

“Promoting local agriculture is important for two reasons,” said the NDP’s Deputy Environment Critic, Anne Minh-Thu Quach (Beauharnois–Salaberry). “First, we are protecting the environment by reducing the transport of foods. And second, we are investing in our regional economies. Simply put: eating locally helps grow our economy.”

The proposed bill aims to create a national strategy for local foods in consultation with provincial Agricultural Ministers. Moreover, federal institutions will be governed by a policy that prioritizes the purchase of locally grown foods.


Since the Conservatives took power, Canada has lost more than 8,000 small farms, according to the NDP.

“We absolutely have to do more to support Canadian grown foods – for our own health and for that of our economy,” explained Quach. “Local agriculture: it’s buying locally and eating fresh.”

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