You can’t deny how awesome Ontario corn or Ontario strawberries are! I live for them every spring and fall. Other than privately owned food markets, it is hard to see how Canada plays a role in the local food movement. Canadian Co-operative Association released an article that goes into detail about the different ways Canada is involved in Local Food.
Here are a few highlights:
This research shows that Canada is home to a vibrant local food movement, with initiatives in every province
It defines local food initiatives as “food organizations, activities, and businesses that support the creation of local food systems in which food is grown, processed and sold within the same geographical region.
Key Players in local food initiatives:
- Restaurants and Chefs
- Farmers’ Markets
- Grocery Stores
- Community Supported Agriculture
- Foodbox Programs
With over 2,300 local food initiatives identified and more to be discovered, communities in Canada have begun to establish local food systems that are secure and environmentally sustainable. Every province in Canada has been touched by this movement and has proactive groups promoting the qualities of locally grown food.
I encourage you to read the report, HERE. This report is from the 2009 fall harvest, so I am sure that Canada has grown exponentially in local food initiatives, but it is interesting to see exactly how Canadian are reacting to the local food movement!
How are you reacting to the local food movement? Tweet me @OliviaRutt or leave a comment!