More Ontario-Grown Food In Schools, Hospitals

    McGuinty Government And Farmers Join Together To Promote Ontario Food

    TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ -

    Ontarians will be seeing even more locally grown food on their plates.
    The McGuinty government is investing $24 million over three years to
develop the logistics to get more Ontario-grown food into the province's
schools, hospitals, food service companies and other institutions. This will
help Ontario farmers market and sell their products to more consumers.
    The government is also making it easier to buy Ontario food in stores and
supermarkets. Now, even more Ontario foods - such as meat, dairy, eggs and
bakery products - can use the Foodland Ontario
( brand in their
    Ontario's agri-food (
industry contributes about $33 billion to the Ontario economy and employs over
700,000 people. This latest investment in this important sector will help
secure and create jobs in the industry.

    "When we buy Ontario, everyone wins. It's good for our families, good for
farmers, good for the rural economy and good for the environment. In these
challenging economic times, it's important we work together."
    - Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario,
    "Ontario's food producers grow, raise and produce fresh, high-quality
food products that are among the best in the world. This initiative will help
to connect procurers to Ontario's producers while enhancing the awareness and
visibility about buying local."
    - Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

    -   Ontario has over 57,200 farms, run by more than 82,000 farmers.

    -   The Savour Ontario program
        ( now
        includes 100 restaurants that use and promote Ontario food.

    -   Since 2003, Ontario has invested $73.3 million in 220 community-
        building projects through the Rural Economic Development Program

    Look for recipes (
    using Ontario food.

    Find restaurants
    ( that serve
    Ontario food.

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