Is Toronto’s Local-Food Policy at Risk?


TORONTO — Toronto City Council is reconsidering a buy-local food policy for long-term care homes, shelters and daycare centres, reports the Toronto Star.

The buy-local policy initiated by former Mayor David Miller is under attack by Rob Ford supporters who think it costs too much money. “We should go out there and get the biggest bang for our buck,” said Councillor Doug Ford, as quoted in the Star. “Yes, everyone wants to support Ontario-based food growers, but sometimes it’s just not realistic.”

Meanwhile, consumers tell a different story. “Public opinion is very much in favour of local-food production, supporting local farmers,” said Councillor John Filion, as quoted in the Star.

Toronto City Council will address the local food issue when it meets July 12 and 13.

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