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Canadian farmers show off supply management at Ottawa’s Downtown Diner

Canadian dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farmers share how the system of supply management helps keep Canadian farms strong.


June 14, 2018
By Canadian Poultry magazine
Chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada Roger Pelissero (left) and Chef Lynn Crawford (right) served more than 1,000 breakfast sandwiches this morning made of fresh Canadian eggs, turkey, chicken and dairy ingredients. CNW Group/Egg Farmers of Canada

Canadian dairy, chicken, turkey and egg farmers have once again teamed up to host the Downtown Diner in Ottawa. The event is a unique opportunity to meet Canadian farmers and learn first-hand how they provide fresh, local, high-quality food to Canadians every single day, thanks to supply management.

Farmers also welcomed celebrity chef Lynn Crawford, a champion of made-in-Canada food, to help Members of Parliament, Senators, Hill staffers and the public have a better understanding of how their food makes it from the farm to their plate.

“We are thrilled to bring Downtown Diner to Sparks Street in Ottawa for another year and to welcome Chef Lynn as our special guest,” said Roger Pelissero, chairman of Egg Farmers of Canada. “Our farmers are proud to be working under the system of supply management, which has helped build sustainable and vibrant dairy, chicken, turkey and egg sectors for the generations to come.”

Farmers representing Chicken Farmers of Canada, Dairy Farmers of Canada, Egg Farmers of Canada, Turkey Farmers of Canada and Canadian Hatching Egg Producers were present at the Downtown Diner to share how Canada’s system of supply management allows them to deliver a stable supply of food products as well as answering questions about farming.

“The Diner is an exciting opportunity for Parliamentarians and the public to meet the farmers dedicated to producing fresh, local high-quality food for Canadians from coast to coast,” added Benoît Fontaine, chair of Chicken Farmers of Canada.