From the office of MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
The Ontario government is removing red tape to make it easier for organizations like universities, hospitals, and municipalities to serve local food.
MPP Toby Barrett supports Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ernie Hardeman, on a recent announcement to help local food businesses flourish through establishing a new goal under the Local Food Act, 2013.
“I have been an advocate of the Local Food Act for years,” Barrett said. “But red tape has stood in the way of implementing this plan. I look forward to produce from Haldimand Norfolk being available in public sector institutions.”
“For consumers, local food is at the heart of our agri-food industry. Opening the door to the broader public sector for local food procurement is part of our government’s plan to strengthen Ontario’s local food economy,” said Hardeman. The government is taking several steps to support this goal, including: