Toronto Star features Local Food Week
"Jeff Leal, Ontario's minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, notes that agriculture contributes $35.4 billion to Ontario's annual gross domestic product."
— Dick Snyder for the Toronto Star
To cap off Local Food Week, the Toronto Star featured a look at the strong consumer demand for local food and the efforts supported by the Greenbelt Fund to meet this demand. This feature originally appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, June 10 2017.
Toronto Star features the growing market for organics
In the latest Toronto Star feature exploring all things local food across Ontario, a look at the growing market for locally-produced organic food. This feature explores the economic opportunity in meeting the demand for organic food with Ontario-grown and raised choices.
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Toronto Star Features Innovative Local Food Processing
"The industry devoted to food and beverage processing is a vital part of the local food value equation. And these days, it's where a wave of Ontario-bred innovation and ingenuity is driving economic activity." — Dick Snyder for the Toronto Star
The April 1 edition of the Toronto Star features local processing initiatives that are helping to open up new markets, develop new products, and provide Ontario farmers with fresh opportunities. Read it here.
Toronto Star Features Local Food Literacy
The Saturday, March 11 edition of the Toronto Star features local food literacy, from food ethics to astute farmers recognizing the desire for local food that not only tastes delicious, but that also supports communities.
Toronto Star Features Peri-urban Agriculture
"Beyond meeting the growing consumer demand for local food, urban density and peri-urban agriculture—versus uncontrolled urban sprawl that paves over the country's limited Class-1 farmland—may just bolster the overall quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area." — Vawn Himmelsbach for the Toronto Star
The February 18 edition of the Toronto Star features the benefits of peri-urban agriculture and urban farms, including the production of a variety of local food, the reduction of carbon emissions, and fighting urban sprawl.
Toronto Star Features Young People Advocating for Local Food
"Ontario’s schools are a hotbed for local food advocacy, among both the students and the change agents that work with teachers to get kids directly involved with the things they eat." —Dick Snyder for the Toronto Star
Young Ontarians are taking ownership of the food they eat when they're in school, from high schools to colleges and universities. This feature in the Toronto Star interviews the leaders taking the steps to have more fresh, local food served up in schools across the province.
Toronto Star Features Local Food in Hospitals
"In 2015, Halton Healthcare got onboard with Ontario's Local Food Act and created a local food procurement statement to promote the use of local food in its hospitals."
— Vawn Himmelsbach for the Toronto Star
Getting more fresh, local Ontario food into hospitals is a challenge, but innovators and leaders in the industry are rising to the challenge. Halton Healthcare has incorporated Ontario foods into its menu year-round, and St. Michael's Hospital worked with George Brown to develop more from-scratch recipes for its patients. This feature originally appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, January 7, 2016.
Toronto Star Features the Economics of Local Food in Ontario
"To say that Ontario's agri-food industry is an economic powerhouse may sound like hyperbole, but in fact it's something of an understatement."
— Dick Snyder for the Toronto Star
Indeed, our agri-food sector generates $63 billion in sales to consumers each year, and employs 767,000 people. In this double-page feature, read about the financial benefits of fresh, homegrown food; farmers' stewardship of the land; overcoming the challenges of bringing food from the farm to the table; and why fostering food literacy at the grassroots level benefits the province and Ontarians at large. This feature originally appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, December 3, 2016.
Savouring the true taste of Ontario: craft beverages featured in the Toronto Star
Ontario's craft beverage sector is a big and growing industry, with craft breweries, cideries and distillers creating the taste of place we can all be proud of. Read about some of the leaders in the sector and get inspired to choose more local, more often. This feature originally appeared in the Toronto Star on Saturday, November 12.
For the love of local
Food activist Joshna Maharaj says delicious Ontario-grown food is waiting for you—all you have to do is ask
By: Dick Snyder
Every Sunday from January 11 to February 1, we'll be publishing Greenbelt Fund-focused articles by respected journalist Dick Snyder. The four-part series, which will first run in the Toronto Star on the Saturdays preceding our posts, will highlight the diverse and innovative local food successes of our farmers, schools, hospitals, industries, and other Greenbelt Fund partners.Read more