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First National Local Food Day Declared


October 9, 2009
By Canadian Poultry

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October 9, 2009, Ottawa – The Canadian Federation of Agriculture calls on consumers across the country to join farmers in celebrating and supporting the first national "Local Food Day," officially declared today by Randy Kamp, MP for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, British Columbia.

October 9, 2009, Ottawa – The
Canadian Federation of Agriculture calls on consumers across the
country to join farmers in celebrating and supporting the first
national "Local Food Day," officially declared today by Randy Kamp, MP
for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission, British Columbia.

While Canadian farmers still provide some of the most affordable food in the world, the amount that returns to the farm gate is relatively small. The Farmers' Share, a recent study commissioned by the CFA's members showed that, on average, only 27 per cent of the cost of an entire week's worth of groceries for a family of four goes back to the farms where the food is produced.

CFA reminds Canadians that choosing locally-produced foods helps to cuts down on the transportation cost, reduces the impact on the environment and re-invests in the local economy.

"It is in all Canadians best interest to ensure the Canadian agri-food industry remains strong and continues to contribute to the benefit of all Canadians into the future. When farmers prosper, we all prosper," said CFA President Laurent Pellerin. "When you are out at the grocery store this Thanksgiving, we urge you to ask for locally sourced products and support your local farmer."