Conference Board of Canada: Canadians have a growing appetite for local food.
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Canadians’ growing appetite for local food

Interest in Canada for local foods has surged in the last 10 years, according to a new report from the Conference Board of Canada, a not for profit research organisation.

In its report “Cultivating Opportunities: Canada’s Growing Appetite for Local Food” the report found the popularity of local food “has been driven in part by concerns about food quality, health and nutrition, food safety, local economies and farmers, and the environment. Local food is a way for consumers to express their values and beliefs about the  food system”.

For the Board’s Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning, Michael Bloom, this also presents opportunities: “Local food is a growing part of the Canadian food system and interest has surged in recent years.  What we’re finding is that there is room to expand the role of local food systems in Canada, and that in doing so, there are significant economic benefits to be realized.”

More information:
Conference Board press release – here
Cultivating Opportunities report – here

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