Good news local food lovers: a study produced in partnership with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, says Ontario can produce more jobs and benefit the environment by increasing the local food supply.
You may have read about the study recently, it’s entitled Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Ontario’s Food System. While the piece sheds some light on current production issues — like the fact that Ontario doesn’t currently produce enough food to feed itself — it’s also hopeful.
Ontario�s food system is huge, generating more than $63 billion in sales of food products to consumers and employing more than 767,000 people � 11% of the paid labour force.
Yet, “We import two times what we export” said Atif Kubursi, McMaster University economics professor, one of four authors of the study, according to CBC news.
The biggest news in the study is that it found that over half of the province’s $20 billion in imported food products can be produced right here in Ontario! What’s more, if Ontario were to replace the top 10 imported fruits and vegetables (think things like carrots and onions) by growing them here instead, $250 million could be created for the economy producing 3,400 jobs.
That’s good news for those looking to get into the farming industry, and good news for us food lovers.
Want to know more? You can download the report in two parts here!