Beauharnois-Salaberry is an agriculturally rich riding. Our farmers produce abundant quantities of corn, soybeans, milk, fruits and vegetables. We also have cattle farms. Our region is sometimes called the garden of Quebec. More and more supermarkets and neighborhood grocers provide local food but there is still a long way to go to get a healthy local food supply because of gaps in distribution networks and a lack of awareness within our institutions. This is a common situation across Canada.
On June 17, 2013, Anne Quach introduced bill C-539 to promote locally grown produce. The goal is to create a nation-wide buy-local strategy and establish a procurement policy for all federal institutions. By creating a framework that favours local food products, we can support Canadian farmers, create jobs and reduce pollution resulting from transportation.
On March 27th, the House of Commons will start his study of this bill. Show your support by signing the petition and sharing the information that we will suggest here and on my facebook page during the coming weeks.
To watch the legislative process and read the bill, click here.
The organizations that supports the bill:
Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA)
Farmers’ Markets Canada
Food Secure Canada
Alberta Food Matters
BC Food Systems Network
Farm to Cafeteria Canada
L’Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA)
Food Sovereignty Coalition
Solidarité rurale du Québec
Conférence régionale des élus Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent
Association des producteurs maraîchers du Québec
Association des Marchés publics du Québec